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    Muller reveals Barcelona walked out to warm up 10 mins after Bayern and appeared ‘very relaxed’ before being thumped 8-2

    THOMAS MULLER has hinted that Bayern Munich’s 8-2 demolition of Barcelona was aided by the Spanish side’s “very relaxed” warm up.
    Bayern made mincemeat of their Champions League quarter-final opponents earlier this month before beating Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain to win the competition.

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    Thomas Muller claims Barcelona had a ‘relaxed’ warm up before their 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich
    Muller, 30, scored twice in the thrashing of Barcelona, with Ivan Perisic, Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich, Robert Lewandowski and Philippe Coutinho also netting.
    Muller has now opened up about Bayern’s famous evening in Portugal.
    And he says Barca’s laid-back attitude, which saw them warm up ten minutes AFTER Bayern took to the field, may have played some part.
    Muller said: “I congratulate our coach (Hansi Flick).

    “Just one example: We had been warming up for ten minute when Barcelona walked out onto the field to warm up.
    “They were very relaxed. That doesn’t have to mean anything.
    “The match could have ended differently, but I think it turned out that we were very hungry.”
    The fallout from Barcelona’s defeat has been catastrophic, with boss Quique Setien and director of football Eric Abidal both sacked.

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    But the biggest loss looks set to be club legend Lionel Messi, who has handed in a transfer request.
    Manchester City are favourites to sign the Argentine forward, considered by some to be the greatest player in history.
    And Muller reckons football will become more interesting if Messi ends up at a new club.
    However, the World Cup winner joked that Bayern are unlikely to make a move despite his own personal pleas.
    Muller added: “Messi is one of the best players on the planet, also in the last 100 years.

    “A change may be interesting for the world of football, except for Barcelona fans.
    “Nobody is critical of this. On the contrary, I am curious to see what his new path would bring.
    “I’ve talked to our CFO a couple of times and I don’t think we can do anything about it.”

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    Five clubs Lionel Messi could join including Man Utd, City and Chelsea after handing in Barcelona transfer request

    LIONEL MESSI is on the verge of quitting Barcelona after requesting to leave his boyhood club.
    The 33-year-old Nou Camp legend demanded Barca exercise a clause in his contract that would allow him to quit for nothing with immediate effect.

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    Lionel Messi is on the verge of leaving Barcelona after requesting to leave his boyhood clubCredit: Getty Images

    But the Spanish giants believe the stipulation expired expired on June 10, with the Argentine superstar under contract until the summer of 2021.
    Club and player seem set for a legal battle over the clause, with Barcelona believing his €700m (£629m) buy-out clause is still valid.
    And with wages totalling £1.15m per week – it leaves very few teams capable of facilitating a move for Messi – here SunSport list five possible options.
    MANCHESTER CITY
    Since Pep Guardiola – who managed Messi for four seasons – took over at the Etihad in 2016, he has spent £700m on transfers.

    It indicates they have the backing to pull off a mega-money transfer for Messi, despite escaping a Financial Fair Play penalty this year.
    Acccording to Radio Catalunya, Messi has already spoken to Guardiola about a move to Manchester.
    And having grown frustrated throughout last season, reuniting with a familiar face could convince the forward to choose City.

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    Pep Guardiola managed Messi for four seasons at the Nou Camp Credit: Reuters
    PSG
    The French champions, like City, seem to have no limits when it comes to the transfer market.
    Having already broke the record when they signed Neymar for £198m from Barca three years ago, PSG are not afraid to role the dice and break the bank.
    It has been claimed Messi is open to linking up with strike partner Neymar again, with the Ligue 1 kings desperate to win the Champions League.
    But Messi’s £64m-a-year basic wages could prove to be a problem even for PSG, who pay £33m to Neymar and £19m to Kylian Mbappe every season.

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    It has been claimed Messi is open to linking up with strike partner Neymar again
    MANCHESTER UNITED
    United have reportedly not wasted any time in making contact with Messi’s representatives regarding a transfer.
    That is despite the fact they have so far failed to stump up the cash for Jadon Sancho – who Borussia Dortmund value at £108m.
    Messi is also said to prefer a move to Manchester rivals City or PSG over United.
    But SPORT, say Old Trafford bosses are confident they have the funds to pursue the sensation move.

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    CHELSEA
    The Blues looked disinterested in tempting Messi to London – until Rio Ferdinand tweeted news that Frank Lampard was in for the Argentine.
    Chelsea last season completed deals for Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner and have carried over the spending to this season.
    They are close to wrapping up transfers for Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell – while also testing the market for a keeper.
    Making a swoop for Messi at this time seems unlikely, even if they do raise funds from money made by flogging unwanted flops.

    Just heard Frank Lampard is now in for #messiSome window this if Lamps pulls this off !!
    — Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) August 25, 2020

    INTER MILAN
    Throughout Messi’s Barca turmoil this year, Serie A giants Inter Milan are understood to have been monitoring the situation
    Their former owner Massimo Moratti even revealed the club will plan to prize the six-time Ballon d’Or winner to Italy.
    Inter have the backing of Chinese chairman Steven Zhang, son of billionaire Zhang Jindong. 
    Messi’s dad is also believed to have a home in Milan, fuelling speculation his son could be plotting a switch to the San Siro.

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    Bayern’s Treble-winning manager Flick earns less than £7.5m-a-year Man Utd boss Solskjaer and not even half Jose’s pay

    LESS than a year ago, Hansi Flick had never managed Bayern Munich – but he now stands over a stunning treble with a £7.2million pay packet.
    The German’s remarkable rise from unemployed ex-Hoffenheim boss to one of the world’s top coaches has taken place over the course of a single season.

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    Hansi Flick guided Bayern Munich to treble glory despite only being given the caretaker role in NovemberCredit: Reuters
    Niko Kovac brought in ex-midfielder Flick in July 2019 to help push Bayern on after the Croat’s stuttering but ultimately successful first year in charge.
    With eight years as Joachim Low’s assistant under his belt before becoming German FA sporting director, his reputation was already considerable.
    But, when Kovac was dismissed in November and his right-hand man lost two of his first four games as caretaker, few predicted what was about to unfold.
    Munich were already impressed enough to award Flick a three-year deal in April, worth £7.2m according to Bild, amid speculation Mauricio Pochettino could take over long-term.

    Flick hasn’t tasted defeat since a December 7 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach and swept his side to the Bundesliga crown via 13-straight wins.
    The second part of the treble was bagged with a comprehensive victory over Bayer Leverkusen in the DFB-Pokal final.

    And the Champions League title rounded off a stunning season, dispatching Barcelona 8-2 alongside comfortable wins over Chelsea and Lyon. A Kingsley Coman header then secured victory in the final.
    Flick’s wage is far from inconsiderable but is miles behind one of his Bayern predecessors, Pep Guardiola.

    The Manchester City coach has been unable to deliver the European crown to Eastlands having failed to do so in Bavaria, yet earns £20m-a-year.
    Champions Liverpool pay £15m for coach Jurgen Klopp, the same as Tottenham’s Jose Mourinho.

    In fact, Flick is behind big spenders Everton and Leicester, where Carlo Ancelotti bags £11.5m-a-year and Brendan Rodgers is on £10m.
    Even newly-promoted Leeds pay more for their coach than the treble winners, with Marcelo Bielsa set to be on £8m per season having ended their top-flight exile.
    Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s similar status as a relatively untested coach at a big club puts him on a similar pay bracket as Flick, on £7.5m-a-year.

    Bayern are far from the biggest spenders in world football

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    Inside Bayern Munich’s Champions League celebrations as Davies shows off dodgy dance moves and Wags party the night away

    BAYERN MUNICH stars and their Wags went wild after their Champions League triumph over Paris Saint-Germain.
    Superstar left-back Alphonso Davies was spotted cracking out some dodgy dance moves while some of the players’ partners were pictured partying the night away.

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    Alphonso Davies was spotted napping with the Champions League trophy

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    Footage emerged of Davies’ dodgy dancing at Bayern’s after-party

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    Thiago Alcantara’s wife Julia Vigas posted photos with Philippe Coutinho’s partner Aine
    Bayern ground out a 1-0 win in Lisbon thanks to Kingsley Coman’s second-half header.
    The German giants had Kylian Mbappe’s sloppy finishing and some great saves from Manuel Neuer to thank for surviving with a clean sheet.
    And they deservedly let their hair down after claiming the club’s sixth European Cup.

    In footage posted on Thiago Alcantara’s Instagram, Canadian Davies is seen draped in his national flag on a dance floor doing a solo jig.

    The outstanding 19-year-old was also seen apparently napping with the trophy after it all caught up with him.
    Before that he had uploaded a video to his own Instagram story, celebrating the fact that global music superstar Drake has started following him.
    In other footage posted on Bayern’s official Twitter account, the entire squad were up on stage belting out a peculiar song together.
    The lyrics “FC Bayern, forever number one” were blasted out by the victorious players as they swayed from side to side with their arms around each other.

    Matchwinning goalkeeper Neuer uploaded a shot of the trophy sitting in the middle of the dancefloor.
    And later Polish striker Robert Lewandowski posted a hilarious shot of him with the trophy next to him in bed.
    He captioned it: “Woke up like this.”
    Elsewhere, Thiago Alcantara’s wife Julia Vigas posted photos from the night out with Philippe Coutinho’s partner Aine.
    And Thomas Muller’s wife Lisa also shared a cute picture of the couple in bed later in the evening.

    Bayern’s ecstatic celebrations were in stark contrast to PSG’s post-match reactions.
    Former Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera said it was “s***” in his x-rated post-match rant.
    And Brazilian forward Neymar was pictured in floods of tears after the final whistle.

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    Thomas Muller’s wife Lisa posted a cute picture of the pair later in the evening

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    Davies was posting to his Instagram throughout the night

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    The players partied on a stage at the front of the room in Lisbon

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    Davies was centre of attention for much of the evening

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    He was even pictured with a drum

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    Former Arsenal midfielder Serge Gnabry also joined in with the jubilant scenes

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    Watch Carragher hilariously ‘translate’ Lewandowski’s Polish interview… claiming he hit out at Klopp and Lukaku

    JAMIE CARRAGHER put his school Polish lessons to good use when he hilariously tried to translate Robert Lewandowski’s post-match interview.
    The former Liverpool centre-back was working as a Champions League final pundit and joked that the Bayern striker hit out at Jurgen Klopp and said he was better than Romelu Lukaku.

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    Jamie Carragher tried to translate Robert Lewandowski’s post-match interview from Polish to EnglishCredit: Sky Sports

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    The Bayern striker was speaking after his side’s Champions League triumph over PSGCredit: Sky Sports
    Lewandowski was speaking after his side’s Champions League triumph over Paris Saint-Germain.
    Kingsley Coman’s second-half header was enough to separate the teams in Lisbon.
    And Bayern’s star striker was ecstatic after the final whistle.

    Carragher was working as a pundit for American network CBS when presenter Kate Abdo asked him him about his Polish lessons at school.

    The 42-year-old insisted he only “took” Polish rather than actually “learned” it but agreed to give the translation a crack nonetheless.
    Lewandowski could be heard talking to an interviewer in his native language.
    And back in the studio, Carragher “translated”: “Best feeling of his life.
    “Can’t believe it’s happened after losing the last final. This time he’s won it.

    “He blames Klopp for that. Just disappointed he never got on the scoresheet, he feels that may have got him the Ballon d’Or, something he missed out on.

    “I think this proves I am the best number nine and not Lukaku.”
    On hearing the last sentence, his fellow studio guests – including Lukaku’s Belgium manager Roberto Martinez – burst into laughter.
    Martinez chipped in and said: “He was convincing up to that point.”
    Lewandowski was later pictured in bed with the Champions League trophy.
    And the images came after Bayern’s players and Wags partied into the night after winning the clubs sixth European Cup.

    Bayern’s ecstatic celebrations were in stark contrast to PSG’s post-match reactions.
    Former Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera said it was “s***” in his x-rated post-match rant.
    And Brazilian forward Neymar was pictured in floods of tears after the final whistle.

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    Champions League referee and linesman BOTH spotted kissing their medal by eagle-eyed viewers after Bayern’s win over PSG

    THE Champions League officials could barely keep their excitement in as they BOTH kissed their medal.
    Bayern Munich became European kings for the sixth time after Kingsley Coman’s second-half header was enough to win the game.

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    The Champions League officials could barely keep their excitement in as they BOTH kissed their medal

    Superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe were heartbroken after finishing runners-up.
    But referee Daniele Orsato and his assistant Lorenzo Manganelli were just as happy as the Bayern players as he beamed while collecting his medal.
    The Italian pair even gave it a kiss for good measure having helped officiate the biggest game of the campaign.
    Eagle-eyed viewers hailed the linesman for his passion post-match.

    One said: “These refs work their entire careers and majority of their life to ref this match! He’s proud!”
    Another said: “It’s means as much to them to officiate a final as it does a player to win it. It’s the pinnacle of their profession.”

    He touched the trophy on the way out at the start of the match. This, the Euros final and the World Cup final are the biggest honour an official can receive. Fair play to him.
    — Richard Clarke (@rgclarke92) August 23, 2020

    It’s means as much to them to officiate a final as it does a player to win it. It’s the pinnacle of their profession
    — Marty Mc Clorey (@MartyMcClorey) August 23, 2020

    The squad in the VAR room had a different night, though, having been questioned for not intervening following a collision with Joshua Kimmich and Mbappe.
    Referee Daniele Orsato indicated his belief that German Kimmich got the ball as the play unfolded.

    But replays suggested that was not the case, with Mbappe touching the ball away before hitting the deck.
    Whether that represented a clear and obvious error from the referee was left up for debate.
    BT Sport’s commentators insisted they had not received any signal that VAR had even checked the incident.

    Former Premier League referee Peter Walton stated that the decision could easily have been overturned.
    He said: “The more we look at it in slow motion, the more we can clearly see there was contact on Kylian Mbappe’s heel.
    “And it could have been given as a penalty kick.”

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    Bayern Munich became European kings for the sixth time

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    Thiago Silva’s free transfer to Chelsea ‘almost done’ after Champions League final heartbreak

    PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN icon Thiago Silva’s free transfer to Chelsea is “almost done”, according to reports.
    The 35-year-old became a free agent after his side’s Champions League heartbreak against Bayern Munich and he is reportedly on his way to Stamford Bridge.

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    Thiago Silva’s free transfer to Chelsea is ‘almost done’Credit: Handout – Getty
    Bayern ground out a 1-0 victory over Silva’s side in the Champions League final in Lisbon.
    But while representing the Ligue 1 giants in Portugal, discussions over Silva’s new club have been brewing in the background.
    The Blues were said to be in “advanced talks” two days ago.

    And now the deal is “almost done”, according to the Athletic.

    Following the match, Silva said thank you to PSG fans as he tweeted: “It was my last match in Paris.
    “I’m sad. I apologize to the supporters. I thank all the fans for their love.”
    Thomas Tuchel also confirmed PSG would be “losing” the Brazilian in his post-match interview.
    Despite turning 36 next month, Silva still backs himself to perform at the highest level.

    And BT Sport pundit Steve McManaman believes Silva would be a welcome addition to the Chelsea side.
    Speaking about the potential free signing, McManaman said: “Football is all about the now.
    “You can’t plan about five, six or seven years because the manager might not even be there then.
    “For the here and now he is an excellent defender.”
    Silva has also long admired the Premier League, and is keen on a move to England.
    But after eight years and seven Ligue 1 titles in France, his commitment to PSG still shines through.

    Tuchel’s side made the surprise call to opt against renewing his deal but only this week Silva suggested he could still sign an extension if PSG were to change their minds.
    He told the club’s website: “The club turns 50 and it’s the last year of my deal.
    “I gave everything I could.

    “If I can continue to play with the club, we will discuss it and make the best decision.”
    Chelsea are usually reluctant to hand anything more than a one-year contract to players in their 30s, although did renege on this habit with David Luiz last year.
    They had also been willing to offer Willian, 32, a two-year deal prior to his switch to Arsenal.

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    Man Utd icon Rio Ferdinand admits he got so drunk with fan after Champions League final that he showered in his SUIT

    RIO FERDINAND has revealed his crazy celebrations after Manchester United’s 2008 Champions League win.
    A penalty shootout victory over Chelsea secured the trophy, which the defender lifted with Ryan Giggs having captained the Red Devils in Moscow.

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    Rio Ferdinand knows the feeling of winning and losing a Champions League finalCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd
    After the final whistle, Ferdinand went on a magnificent bender that, as he revealed on BT Sport, left him showering in his SUIT.
    The 41-year-old admitted: “I don’t remember it, it was that good.
    “After the Champions League final in Moscow, it was the most I’ve ever consumed.
    “I went toe to toe with a fan who got into the party and I was worse for wear the next morning.

    “I ended up showering in my full suit and almost missed the flight home. When you win, you get away with it.”
    However, that win was followed up by final defeats at the hands of Barcelona in 2009 and 2011.

    These guys won’t enjoy their holidays this year. I’ve been there.
    Rio Ferdinand

    And Ferdinand talked of how Paris Saint-Germain’s players will struggle to forget Sunday night’s defeat.
    Kingsley Coman’s second-half header turned out to be the only goal after several missed chances for PSG early on, leaving Neymar in tears at the final whistle.

    Ferdinand noted: “These guys won’t enjoy their holidays this year. I’ve been there.

    “You feel like you were that close, you were in the final.
    “You’ll go on a holiday and you’ll be just enjoying yourself and starting to get into the groove… and bang, you’re taken back to this moment and that feeling.
    “It’s terrible and it takes a while to get rid of it.”

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