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Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes denies confrontation with Lewandowski

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Jupp Heynckes has dismissed reports that he was questioning Robert Lewandowski’s commitment to Bayern Munich and confirmed the striker as a likely starter against Real Madrid on Tuesday.

Bild has reported that Heynckes confronted the star striker over an apparent decline in his training standards.

Lewandowski, 29, who has been heavily linked with a move to Madrid, failed to fire in the Champions League loss to Los Blancos last week and was on the bench as Bayern beat Eintracht Frankfurt 4-1 in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

However, speaking after that match, Heynckes reiterated the one-on-one conversation was purely motivational, and insisted Lewandowski would not be overlooked for the semi-final second leg.

“I can only tell you what I also said in the press conference yesterday — that I had a good talk with Robert Lewandowski,” the Bayern boss said. “But I did not say anything about the content of it.”

“For me, Robert Lewandowski is a world-class player and please do not think that I will ignore him for Tuesday. So far he managed to score 39 goals in all competitions. This is a mark of which most of the forwards in Europe are dreaming of.”

“We should, first of all, await the game on Tuesday. It was a very positive talk and he always trains well. That’s why I don’t understand [the report].”

Bayern rallies at Augsburg to secure sixth straight Bundesliga title

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Bayern Munich rallied after going behind to wrap up their sixth consecutive Bundesliga title with a 4-1 win over Augsburg.

Jupp Heynckes’ team needed a win at the Bavarian derby win to become champions with five games to spare.

They had trailed through Niklas Sule’s own goal but Corentin Tolisso and James Rodriguez set them on their way towards a 28th German championship.

Arjen Robben then converted Rodriguez’s cut-back and Sandro Wagner headed a fourth that essentially sealed the game.

Bayern, on course for a treble, had rested a host of players with Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Sevilla in mind. Key players such as Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Thiago, Franck Ribery, Mats Hummels and Javi Martinez were all on the bench.

They had looked in trouble when Sven Ulreich’s parried save hit Sule and flew into their own net, but Tolisso headed in Joshua Kimmich’s cross and Rodriguez then smashed home from close range. Robben’s strong effort essentially sealed the game while Wagner finished the rout later.

The defending champions had been five points behind Borussia Dortmund when they lured Heynckes out of retirement in October — for his fourth spell as manager of the club — after sacking Carlo Ancelotti.

“I’ like to send my best wishes to Carlo Ancelotti in Italy,” said Heynckes. “This title is also for him. He is a fantastic coach.”

Heynckes, who is now 72, had not worked since 2013 when he led Bayern to the treble of Bundesliga, Champions League and German Cup — and was then replaced by Pep Guardiola. This was his fourth title as Bayern boss, 29 years after the first.

RB Leipzig beats rare submissive Bayern in Bundesliga

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Bayern Munich’s breeze to the Bundesliga title were delayed after a putting on a rare submissive performance that sealed their defeat against RB Leipzig by 2-1.

Timo Werner’s 56th-minute effort gave his side their first win over Bayern after five encounters between the two sides and left the visitors with more work to do to seal another crown.

Bayern had looked set to consolidate their status at the summit when Sandro Wagner headed in James Rodriguez’s cross for the opener with 12 minutes on the clock.

However, a stirring performance by the home side led to Naby Keita equalising just before half-time, with Konrad Laimer finding Keita with a through ball for the Guinean national to lash past Bayern keeper Sven Ulreich.

Keita then contributed again by finding Werner who shrugged off the attention of Mats Hummels and raced clear to fire in low past Ulreich for the winner.

Still, Bayern did not give up and Hummels, looking to make amends forced a fine save from Leipzig keeper Peter Gulasci and headed over over the bar 10 minutes from time.

However, an equalizer proved elusive, and Bayern’s defeat meant that their 18-game unbeaten streak in all competitions was stopped short.

“We met a Leipzig side today who right from the start were full of strong running, extremely aggressive and displayed good pressing,” said Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes. “They also did this in St Petersburg on Thursday [in the Europe League].”

“I warned against this and we didn’t play like we have done in recent weeks. If we had played over the 90 minutes like we did in the last half hour then we would not have lost.”

Dortmund ready to release Aubameyang as Arsenal deal nears completion

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Borussia Dortmund could release Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from their squad soon as the Bundesliga club could soon settle an agreement with Arsenal for the Gabon striker for a fee said to be around £60m.

The club has said they are prepared to sell him if “certain parameters are fully met”.

However, Dortmund has also made clear that the transfer will not be sanctioned until Dortmund have a replacement striker lined up, with Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud among the reported options.

It was known that Arsenal have already had two bids for the striker this month, both of which has been rejected by Dortmund. One of the rejected bids, worth 50m Euros, was made last Wednesday.

Aubameyang, 28, started for Dortmund for the first time since 16 December as they drew 2-2 with Freiburg on Saturday, after he was suspended by the club for their match against Wolfsburg two weeks ago for missing a team meeting.

The Gabon forward was also left out of the squad for the game at Hertha Berlin last weekend because club officials felt he was not focused enough, but he played 90 minutes in the draw with Freiburg.

“We are ready to realise a transfer under certain parameters but only if these are fully met,” sporting director Michael Zorc said.

“We have a clear position. Arsenal has started several attempts so far. We have up to now refused them all.”

Arsenal are looking to Aubameyang to replace Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, who joined Manchester United earlier this month in a swap deal with midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.