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 By Mark Lovell

James Rodriguez back from the brink to power Bayern Munich treble charge

James Rodriguez discusses the reasons behind his departure from Real Madrid.
James Rodriguez discusses the reasons behind his departure from Real Madrid.
James Rodriguez discusses the reasons behind his departure from Real Madrid.

Facing an uncertain future after the shock exit of Carlo Ancelotti, James Rodriguez has become a mainstay for treble-seeking Jupp Heynckes at Bayern Munich.

Lured to Bayern by Ancelotti, his former coach at Real, Rodriguez signed a two-year loan deal last summer -- with the Bavarians securing the option to make the deal permanent from Real Madrid in 2019.

However, he made a rocky start to life in Germany under his old mentor's tutelage. The Colombia international picked up a hamstring injury in...

 By Mark Lovell

Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller team up to dismantle Werder Bremen

Bayern's Jupp Heynckes slams Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for adopting a 'selfish' attitude ahead of his impending exit from Dortmund.
Schalke boss Christian Heidel confirms Leon Goretzka will join Bayern Munich at the end of the current Bundesliga season.
The FC crew praise Bayern Munich's Bundesliga dominance, but cast doubt on their ability to win the Champions League, despite favourable odds.

Two goals apiece from Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski ensured a hard-fought 4-2 win in Bayern's first home match following the winter break, after lowly Werder Bremen had the temerity to take the lead through Jerome Gondorf and Niklas Sule's own goal levelled in between.

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Positives

Bayern's sixth consecutive Bundesliga title is a mere formality, as they have stretched their lead to an imposing 16 points.

Negatives

Bayern made heavy weather of their 15th win in a row against hapless Werder --...

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Jurgen Klopp vs. Pep Guardiola: Liverpool boss has edge over Man City coach

Manchester City's unbeaten run in the Premier League has come to an end at the hands of Liverpool.
Manchester City's unbeaten run in the Premier League has come to an end at the hands of Liverpool.
Stewart Robson takes a closer look at Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's performance against Manchester City and asks whether he can be the long-term replacement for Coutinho.
Stewart Robson takes a closer look at Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's performance against Manchester City and asks whether he can be the long-term replacement for Coutinho.
Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol describes his wave of emotions and explains what Jurgen Klopp's side did right in their win over Man City.
Pep Guardiola congratulated Liverpool on their victory against Man City, but said his players got too involved in the Anfield atmosphere.
Jurgen Klopp says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is developing well at Liverpool because he is playing in his 'dream' midfield role.

With Liverpool's 4-3 victory over Manchester City, Jurgen Klopp consolidated his status as Pep Guardiola's nemesis.

No manager who has managed more than 10 matches against Guardiola has a better record than Klopp, with the German boss winning six of their 12 meetings -- a superior record than such luminaries as Jose Mourinho.

Klopp and Guardiola's rivalry started in the Bundesliga -- at Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich respectively -- and has been renewed in the Premier League with their contrasting...

 By Mark Lovell

James a 9/10 as provider and scorer for victorious Bayern Munich

The FC crew praise Bayern Munich's Bundesliga dominance, but cast doubt on their ability to win the Champions League, despite favourable odds.

Returning to Bundesliga action after winter hibernation, Bayern Munich stretched their advantage at the top to 14 points with a 3-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen, courtesy of goals from Javi Martinez, Franck Ribery and James Rodriguez. Kevin Volland's deflected shot on 71 minutes proved no more than a consolation for the home side.

Positives

Bayern's sixth-consecutive Bundesliga title looks a mere formality, starting as they mean to go on after the winter break and ending Leverkusen's 12 game unbeaten...

 By David Amoyal

Rumours rated: Hazard to Madrid, Vidal to Chelsea, Dybala to Man United

Shaka Hislop grades the latest potential transfers of the winter window.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop delves into the latest rumours surrounding Philippe Coutinho, Mesut Ozil, Riyad Mahrez and more.
Sid Lowe explains how Eden Hazard could pave the way for a move from Chelsea to Real Madrid and what it would mean for certain Madrid stars.

With the January window now open, David Amoyal sorts through the speculation and rates how likely the rumoured moves are to take place.

Eden Hazard to Real Madrid: Five percent in January, 45 percent in summer

Hazard is a long-time target for Zinedine Zidane and, with Real Madrid's front line stuttering, it's no surprise to see rumors gaining momentum. Hazard's father Thierry added fuel to the fire by telling Belgian paper Le Soir that his son has turned down a contract extension from Chelsea to...

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Man City fail to match Bayern for longest winning run in Europe's top 5 leagues

Manchester City's record Premier League winning run is over at 18 consecutive victories, with Crystal Palace claiming on 0-0 draw against them on New Year's Eve.

That means they fall one game short of the record across Europe's top five leagues.

Pep Guardiola's side have the longest winning streak in the English top flight, and while he has failed to make it to 19 with City he still actually holds the record from his time at Bayern Munich.

ESPN FC's correspondents look at the best runs in Europe's...