Usain Bolt wants football career and will train with Borussia Dortmund on Friday

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Usain Bolt in action during the Match of Friendship

Athletics legend Usain Bolt, who has ambitions to start a football career at 31, will train with Borussia Dortmund on Friday, the Bundesliga club confirmed.

“Bolt is coming!” tweeted the German club on Thursday, while the Jamaican sprint star wrote “BVB, get ready for Friday #BVBolt #NewLevels @bvb09 @pumafootball”, on his official account.

The event could be seen as a publicity stunt as both Bolt and Dortmund are sponsored by Puma.

The training is scheduled at 1030 local time and will be open to the public, with huge media interest expected.

Bolt, who holds the world records for the 100m and 200m, had already announced last January that he would be training with Dortmund during the current international break.

“The invitation was made a year and a half ago,” Carsten Cramer, Dortmund’s director of sales and marketing, told SID.

“His injury and the Rio Olympics put a stop to that. He’s in Europe and that fits quite well with the international break.

“Of course, you have to see this with a bit of a wink, but there are a few outstanding athletes in the world, and if they are interested in Borussia Dortmund, we feel honoured.

“We’d like to be good hosts, we will take care of him so that he gets to know more of Dortmund than just the club.”

Since retiring from athletics last year, Bolt has made no secret of his dreams to play football and insists he is serious.

“I do not want to hurry, I’ll test myself, so I’ll be able to say if I can do this or not, then I’ll talk to clubs,” he said recently at a charity event in Switzerland.

“Right now, I do not want to deal with that until I see how good I am.”

The Manchester United fan will also line up opposite British pop star Robbie Williams in a charity football match at Old Trafford on June 10.

Bolt, an eight-time Olympic gold medallist, will captain the Soccer Aid World XI in a match to raise funds for the United Nations Children’s Fund, Unicef.

Provided by AFP Sport 

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Analysis of Liverpool-bound Naby Keita as he inspires RB Leipzig to victory over Bayern Munich

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Timo Werner scored the winner as RB Leipzig recovered from going behind to beat Bayern Munich 2-1 on Sunday.

The Bundesliga leaders suffered their first defeat since November, a stretch of 19 matches in all competitions.

Sandro Wagner gave Bayern an early lead but the hosts hit back through Liverpool-bound Naby Keita and Werner.

Here, we analyse Keita’s performance.

STATISTICS 

Goals – 1

Assists – 1

Shots – 1

Shots on target – 1

Touches – 40

Passes – 23

Key passes – 4

Aerials won – 0

Dribbles – 1

Dispossessed – 3

30-SECOND REPORT

Deployed in a more advanced role as one of the two behind the main striker Yussuf Poulsen.

Initially, it seemed as if it was a mistake with the midfielder a peripheral figure but he gradually grew into the game, particularly coming to the fore on the counter-attack.

His surging runs were a treat to watch as he was Leipzig’s chief threat. He was alert and took his goal well while splitting Bayern’s defence open to set up the winner. Unfortunately went off injured in the 69th minute.

Naby Keita (R)

Naby Keita (R)

GOT RIGHT

Creativity – Keita showed he has a real eye for a killer pass. Coming to life in the final third, he made four key passes on the day. His through ball for Werner to score the winner was inch-perfect.

Runs – His low centre of gravity makes him a slippery customer when he sets off on one of his driving runs forward through the heart of the opposition. Despite his diminutive stature, he is also a strong and powerful runner and used that to good effect.

GOT WRONG

Passing – While he played some superb defence-splitting passes, he maybe tried to force the issue on a few occasions as well. He only made 23 passes in the game with an accuracy of 74 per cent. It’s a harsh criticism though given his role was to unlock the defence with quick penetrative passes.

Tackling – Normally a fine tackler, that aspect of his game suffered as he played further forward. He made zero tackles and interceptions as he steered clear of the midfield battle.

KEY MOMENTS

26th min FOULED: Drives forward with the ball and draws a foul on the edge of the box. A great position for a free-kick which Bruma takes and is saved.

37th min GOAL: Keita is found inside the box and sets up Werner whose shot is parried by the keeper but the midfielder is on hand to force in the rebound to level proceedings.

43rd min PASS: He plays a good pass through for Bruma who is fouled on the edge of the box. Kampl’s free-kick is curled over the target.

45th min CHANCE: Great interplay as Keita releases Poulsen into space on the break and continues his run into the box. The striker finds him with a cross but his chest control is off and the keeper is able to collect.

56th min ASSIST: Werner makes a great run to peel away from Sule and Keita finds him with a perfectly weighted through ball. The German finishes the move off with aplomb as Leipzig take the lead.

58th min APPEAL: Another trademark surge into the box by the Guinea national sends alarm bells off in the Bayern defence. Hummels puts an end to his run and there are a few appeals for a penalty but play is waived on.

67th min CHANCE: Keita creates another fine chance with a ball over the top for Laimer who latches on to it with time to take on the shot. He looks for Werner in the middle instead and Hummels makes the interception.

Naby Keita celebrates scoring for Leipzig

Naby Keita celebrates scoring for Leipzig

VERDICT

Keita looks like a player who will make a big impact on Liverpool once he joins the Reds ahead of next season. He’s an all-action midfielder with few weaknesses. The drive he offers from midfield naturally puts his side on the front foot.

In this win over Bayern, he was an inspirational presence and played a huge role in their comeback, dragging them level before setting up the winner with an exquisite pass. He is everything you want in a Premier League central midfielder.

RATING: 8/10

All statistics are compiled using whoscored.com

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Bayern Munich doctor slams Man City boss Pep Guardiola over fitness regime and treatment of players

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Guardiola clashed with Bayern's team doctor during his three-year spell.

Pep Guardiola has been slammed in a scathing attack by Bayern Munich‘s high-profile team doctor, who said the Catalan took the German club “backwards” in some aspects of their training.

In his autobiography, which is being serialised this week in newspaper Bild, Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt described current Manchester City boss Guardiola as someone with “low self-esteem who does everything to hide it from others”.

“Guardiola is often portrayed in the media as an innovative, if not revolutionary, coach, but at Bayern Munich he turned the clock back,” wrote Mueller-Wohlfahrt.

“It even went so far as to turn our medically thought-out, well-rehearsed warm-up programme on its head before training sessions.

“I think Pep Guardiola is a person of low self-esteem.

“He seems to live in constant fear, not so much of defeat, but much more about any loss of power and authority,” Mueller-Wohlfahrt added.

The 75-year-old Munich-based doctor has worked with a host of stars including sprint legend Usain Bolt and Germany’s 2014 World Cup winning squad.

Mueller-Wohlfahrt had a stormy relationship with Guardiola, Bayern’s head coach from 2013 until May 2016 in which he won three consecutive Bundesliga titles.

The pair fell out in April 2015 when Mueller-Wohlfahrt claims he was verbally attacked by Guardiola after a Champions League defeat in Porto which saw the doctor resign from his Bayern duties.

“While the players were still being treated, I was loudly attacked in front of the assembled team and made responsible for our many injuries,” Mueller-Wohlfahrt wrote.

“I was to blame for the physical condition of the players and ultimately for the defeat.

“I felt deeply hurt. I resigned as team doctor of FC Bayern Munich after 38 years.”

Mueller-Wohlfahrt, who returned to work with Bayern following Guardiola’s departure in 2016, says the Spaniard was “upset every time a player had to come off with a muscle injury.”

“After the successful 2012/13 season, then came Pep Guardiola and he knew everything better,” said the German.

“Five minutes warm-up in a rush – that had to be enough.

“I simply could not reach Pep Guardiola with the way I think and work.

“Whenever I wanted to talk to him, he immediately turned away and walked away.

“The tensions between us increased over the months.

“Every time I helped a player off, because of a muscle injury, the coach was angry.

“‘That’s ridiculous, he could continue to play’, was what he meant.”

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