FC Bayern Munich: Toni Extends; Gladbach Pays a Visit.

Samrin HasibAnalyst IApril 1, 2011

Kroos extended till 2015.
Kroos extended till 2015.

Bayern Munich has been linked with hundreds of players since Jupp Heynckes's unveiling. Rumour has it that the new Bayern boss will have €60 million to spend on new defenders, and perhaps even a keeper.


Kroos Extends

One player who developed immensely under Heynckes, when he spent a year at Leverkusen, is Toni Kroos. The biggest news of this week is that the 21 year old will be remaining at Bayern until 2015.

Perhaps, Jupp is the reason why Toni decided to extend his contract. He knows that under Heynckes, he is almost guaranteed a regular berth in the starting line-up considering his previous relation with Heynckes. Kroos had his best ever Bundesliga season under Heynckes.

Very few Bayern fans will have something to say against Heynckes next season if the German can bring back the Kroos that everyone grew accustomed to at Leverkusen. The Kroos at Bayern hasn't necessarily been poor.

He has put in some good performances, but in general, has underperformed according to his standards. He only has one long range beauty in terms of goals to his name this season while he had several with Leverkusen in the 2008-09 season.


Bayern vs Borussia Monchengladbach

The last time these two sides played, the game finished in a 3-3 draw. Bayern dominated the first-half and went into the break with a 2-1 lead. The lead could have been 3-1 had a penalty not been missed, which proved to be costly.

Gladbach struck twice in quick succession past a characteristically shaky defence and had Bayern on the ropes in the second half. Philipp Lahm scored in the 82nd minute to ensure a 3-3 draw.

Gladbach is rooted to the bottom of the table. Their chances of survival, even under new coach, Lucien Favre (who got Hertha Berlin relegated) are slim.

Bayern hasn't won three Bundesliga games in a row this season. Considering they won their last two, they might continue that streak and fail to win this one. Daniel Van Buyten is a doubt after having picked up a slight knock.Van Buyten's chances of playing next season are very little considering that Bayern is apparently pursuing Chelsea's Alex and Schalke's Benedikt Howedes.

Bayern has been linked with Manuel Neuer, Gary Cahill, Fabio Coentrao, Dimitar Berbatov, Gael Clichy, Arturo Vidal and any decent player on the market recently. There is very little doubt about the fact that there will be a few new faces around the Saebener Strasse next season. Thomas Kraft, Miroslav Klose, Hamit Altintop and Andreas Ottl will most probably be leaving the German giants at the end of the season.

Going back to the game, Gladbach can play some decent football. Their football is generally nice to watch as they have a good forward line. Their leakiness at the back is what might eventually cost them a place in the Bundesliga next season.  

Arjen Robben is fit for Bayern and will be ready to go. The words used for Gladbach can also be used for Bayern. They have a potent forward line, but a poor back-line with the exception of Kraft and Philipp Lahm.

Bayern was on the ropes for quite a while against Freiburg, and would have paid the price had Papiss Demba Cisse converted from the spot. Bayern tends to get lethargic at times and against Gladbach; they don't really have a very good recent track record as far as wins are concerned.

Prediction: Another draw with Gladbach awaits. With Hanover playing Dortmund, Bayern has to win this one. However, it might not happen.

Scoreline: Bayern 2-2 Gladbach