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James Rodriguez scored his first Bayern Munich hat-trick as Niko Kovac's side reclaimed top spot in the Bundesliga with a 6-0 home thrashing of Mainz that showcased the effervescent attacking that was lacking in their Champions League exit to Liverpool.

James Rodriguez hat-trick sends Bayern Munich to Bundesliga summit after Liverpool loss

James Rodriguez scored his first Bayern Munich hat-trick as Niko Kovac's side reclaimed top spot in the Bundesliga with a 6-0 home thrashing of Mainz that showcased the effervescent attacking that was lacking in their Champions League exit to Liverpool.
Liverpool may have claimed the notable scalp of Bayern Munich in the last-16 of the Champions League, but Steve Nicol claims the Reds’ performance in a 3-1 win at the Allianz Arena was “atrocious”.

Steve Nicol: Liverpool were atrocious against Bayern Munich

Liverpool may have claimed the notable scalp of Bayern Munich in the last-16 of the Champions League, but Steve Nicol claims the Reds’ performance in a 3-1 win at the Allianz Arena was “atrocious”.
Bayern Munich are unsure whether Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer can play in next week’s crunch German Cup tie at Hertha Berlin after losing more ground in the Bundesliga title race on Saturday.

Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer has been using splint on thumb injury for a month

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer revealed he has been playing with a splint on his thumb injury for a month, but insisted it has not affected him during games.
Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp attends a press conference on the eve of their Champions League round of 16, first leg football match against Bayern Munich at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north west England on February 18, 2019. (Photo by Lindsey PARNABY / AFP)

Jurgen Klopp wary of Allianz Arena return with Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp brings Liverpool to Germany to resume their battle against Bayern Munich with the hosts billing Wednesday’s Champions League last 16 return leg as an all or nothing showdown.
Bayern Munich’s Polish forward Robert Lewandowski reacts during the German first division Bundesliga football match Bayern Munich vs VfL Wolfsburg on March 9, 2019 in Munich. (Photo by Christof STACHE - AFP) - DFL

Five things we learned in European football this weekend

Santiago Solari is holding on to his job as Real Madrid coach after the deposed European champions got back to winning ways on what was another good weekend for two prolific Poles.
Borussia Dortmund

Out of Europe, Borussia Dortmund must resist Bayern Munich’s title challenge

Now out of both the Champions League and German Cup, Borussia Dortmund need to resist the challenge of Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga to win any silverware this season.
Sandro Wagner

Sandro Wagner completes move from Bayern Munich to Tianjin Teda

Forward Sandro Wagner has left Bayern Munich to join Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda, the Bundesliga club have announced.
Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi

Callum Hudson-Odoi refuses to rule out move to Bayern Munich

Chelsea attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi refused to rule out a move to Bayern Munich when questioned on his future following Sunday’s FA Cup clash with Sheffield Wednesday at Stamford Bridge.
Bayern Munich's Thomas Mueller launches himself towards Ajax's Nicolas Tagliafico

Bayern Munich to appeal as Thomas Mueller suspended for Liverpool tie

Bayern Munich said Friday they will appeal the two-match Champions League suspension handed to Thomas Mueller which means the Germany international will miss both legs of their last-16 tie against Liverpool.
David Alaba says Bayern Munich are dreaming of a repeat of their 2013 treble as well as victory over Liverpool in the Champions League.

David Alaba: Liverpool are beatable and treble is possible

David Alaba says Bayern Munich are dreaming of a repeat of their 2013 treble as well as victory over Liverpool in the Champions League.
Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski wants to end career at Bayern Munich

Robert Lewandowski has ended any remaining hope Real Madrid have of luring the striker away from Bayern Munich after confirming his desire to end his career with the Bavarian giants.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 02, 2018 Bayern Munich's Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara walks at the field during the UEFA Champions League Group E football match between Bayern Munich and Ajax Amsterdam in Munich, southern Germany. - Thiago Alcantara suffers from an ankle injury since the narrow German cup win against SV Roedinghausen on October 31, 2018 in Osnabrueck, western Germany. Despite starting with 11 internationals, Bayern scraped past fourth-tier Roedinghausen 2-1 in the second round tie as Thiago was carried off late on. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP)

Embattled Bayern hunt Thiago replacement

Bayern Munich are struggling to fill the creative hole left by Thiago Alcantara's injury as they host AEK in the Champions League on Wednesday trying to secure a last 16 berth with trouble brewing for head coach Niko Kovac.
Bayern Munich's midfielder Serge Gnabry celebrates after scoring during the German first division Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Munich and SC Freiburg in Munich, southern Germany, on November 3, 2018. (Photo by Christof STACHE - AFP)

Bayern Munich held at home to lose ground to Borussia Dortmund

Bayern Munich leaked a late equaliser in Saturday's 1-1 home draw to Freiburg to leave them four points adrift of Borussia Dortmund before next weekend's Bundesliga showdown.
Niko Kovac is finding himself under pressure at Bayern Munich.

Niko Kovac unsure on Bayern Munich future as he admits time is short

Niko Kovac admits he is unlikely to be given long to turn around Bayern Munich's fortunes following their shock defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach.
Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski was never Real Madrid’s first choice

Robert Lewandowski was “never the first choice” for Real Madrid, the Bayern Munich striker’s former agent has claimed.
Niko Kovac is finding himself under pressure at Bayern Munich.

Bayern Munich’s Niko Kovac will ‘focus on the essentials’ to end bad run

Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac said he knows his team must improve after being held to a 1-1 draw by Ajax in the Champions League at the Allianz Arena.
Germany . Ilkay Gundoga

Germany’s Ilkay Gundogan: I can return home with a smile after applause

Ilkay Gundogan says he was happy to have been applauded by sections of the crowd as he came on as a substitute for Germany in the 0-0 draw with France in their Nations League opener in Munich on Thursday night.
Mesut Ozil

Joachim Loew: No more room for Mesut Ozil in Germany squad

Germany coach Joachim Loew has confirmed there is no chance of Mesut Ozil returning to the squad in the wake of the player’s bombshell retirement from international duty in July.

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