Two of the Bundesliga’s in-form right-backs will face off in Saturday’s Revierderby in the form of Borussia Dortmund’s Achraf Hakimi and Schalke counterpart Jonjoe Kenny.
Considering goals are the commodity that wins matches, it may perhaps raise a few eyebrows to suggest that two right-backs could be pivotal in deciding one of the biggest clashes on the Bundesliga calendar.
But in Hakimi and Kenny, Dortmund and Schalke respectively boast two players who can genuinely make a difference in the upcoming Revierderby at the Signal Iduna Park.
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Coincidentally, both are currently only in the Bundesliga on loan and it is Hakimi who has more experience in the top flight of German football.
Into his second season at Dortmund now, Hakimi was always expected to make an impact arriving from Real Madrid as a UEFA Champions League winner, as well as having represented Morocco at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
His displays for BVB last term were excellent, but the 21-year-old has taken his game to a whole different level in 2019/20.
He has filled a variety of roles for manager Lucien Favre and even starred as a wide attacker earlier in the campaign, memorably both goals in a 2-0 win over Slavia Prague in the Champions League last October.
More recently, he has been deployed as a right wing-back in a settled 3-4-3 system but that has hardly affected his output and just last weekend he popped up to score the winner in a 2-1 triumph over Borussia Monchengladbach.
The Moroccan Menace 🇲🇦🔥 pic.twitter.com/KgoIKrmvfS
— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) March 10, 2020
His ten assists in the league ranks him joint-fourth in the entire Bundesliga alongside team-mate Thorgan Hazard, and the only Dortmund player that has laid more goals has been Jadon Sancho with 15.
On Saturday, lining up on the opposite flank as Hakimi on the right side of Schalke’s back four is an equally promising talent in Kenny.
Having come through the youth system of Everton, the Englishman’s most-productive season was previously in 2017/18 when he made 19 Premier League appearances and 25 in all competition for the Toffees.
In search of regular first-team action, the 22-year-old decided to move to the Veltins-Arena at the start of this season and it has thus far proven a savvy decision.
Immediately installed in the starting XI, Kenny has been part of a Schalke outfit rejuvenated under new coach David Wagner – one that has gone from flirting with relegation last term to vying for continental qualification at present.
Kenny may not have numbers that match Hakimi’s but he offers the same drive and stability down the right, rarely losing a one-on-one duel while defending but also never missing an opportunity to push forward in attack.
— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) January 31, 2020
While he has only scored one goal thus far for Die Konigsblauen, it was a strike to remember as he ghosted in from the right to pounce on a loose ball just inside the area and drill and unstoppable effort into the bottom corner in a 3-0 win over Hertha Berlin back in August.
And although the usual suspects like Jadon Sancho, Amine Harit and Erling Haaland will still be in the spotlight in Saturday’s Revierderby, the rampaging right-backs from both teams could prove to be equally influential.
Bundesliga: Leroy Sane Returns Home And Signs A 5 Years Deal With Bayern Munich
By Elvis Kang Sports Writer, Cameroon
The German international Leroy Sane returns home and signed 5 years deal with the Bundesliga giant Bayern Munich this Friday 3 July 2020 after a contract talks between him and the management of Manchester city failed to push through
According to Sky Sports and the BBC, the Bundesliga champions did not give the transfer fee, Bayern and City agreed on a fee of £54.8 million. But German daily Bild claim the fee is around 50 million euros.
The 24-year-old spent four years at City, winning two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, two League Cups, and two Community Shields, but European success eluded him.
His transfer became an open secret as Guardiola revealed earlier this week that Sane was likely to leave after rejecting a new contract offer with a year left on his existing deal at City.
Sane scored 39 goals in 135 appearances in all competitions for City after joining from Bundesliga club Schalke in 2016.
His arrival on Wednesday in Bavaria was much hyped with reporters at Munich airport using smartphones to film the landing of a private jet from England before Sane was whisked away for his medical.
Leroy Sane now targeted Champions League glory with Bayern Munich after joining the Bundesliga giants from Manchester City
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) July 3, 2020
It should be noted that He is not eligible to feature in this Saturday’s German Cup final against Bayer Leverkusen in Berlin but will start preparing for the 2020/21 season next week, the club has said.
Sane has 21 caps and five goals for Germany but was a shock omission from the squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia when the holders bowed out in the group stage.
Sane is Bayern’s third new signing for next season alongside French teenage defender Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi from Paris Saint-Germain and goalkeeper Alexander Nuebel from Schalke, both of which were free transfers.
Bundesliga: substitutes no longer required to wear a mask
Jonathan Tah (Leverkusen) can drop the mask off the edge of the field. (Ulrich Hufna / Eibner-Pressefoto / EXPA / Presse Sports)
The German League and Federation have announced a relaxation of certain rules adopted against the coronavirus.
Substitutes, staff members as well as members of the club delegations in the stands are no longer required to wear the mask, “on condition of respecting a distance of 1.5 meters between people” .
The new rules come into force this weekend and concern the Bundesliga, the Second and the Third Division as well as the Women’s Championship and the German Cup finals.
The Germany Football Board has Cancelled the Yellow Card that Sanctioned Jadon Sancho for Paying Tributes to George Floyd.
The Germany Football Board announced they will remove the yellow card that Sanctioned Jadon Sancho for Paying Tributes to George Floyd. They further declared, they will not punish any player who stands against racism in football.
This comes after FIFA President Gianni Infantino Says Players protesting over George Floyd’s death deserves applause, and not to be punished.
The FIFA boss also emphasized on the fact that leagues should use “common sense” when considering rules prohibiting political slogans, statement or images in games.
Also the European football governing body and the English FA also declared that, they will allow mister Floyd’s tributes when their competitions resume.
Mr. Floyd is a black man and former community college basketball player who died after a white police officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and stopped pleading for air.
His death has sparked nationwide protest in the United States and other countries as many call for justice for George Floyd.
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