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Bayern coach says he has ‘cissies’ on team

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal has called some of his side 'cissies' as the German giants bid to win a treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup titles.

Bayern coach says he has 'cissies' on team
Certainly not a cissy - this is French player Djibril Aruun Cissé. Photo: DPA

Bayern shocked Manchester United to reach the Champions League’s semi-finals a fortnight ago and now takes on Lyon at Munich’s Allianz Arena on Wednesday in the first leg of Europe’s most lucrative domestic competition.

They host Hanover in the Bundesliga on Saturday evening, but van Gaal, who is in his first season in charge, says his side has a few weak links.

“I hope our desire is stronger than the fatigue, but the body is not as strong as the spirit,” said van Gaal.

“And we have a few cissies here,” he added, without naming players.

Bayern leads the Bundesliga with four games to go, and is through to the German Cup final against Werder Bremen on May 15, while bidding for a place in the Champions League final on May 22.

“We’re in a great position,” said Dutch winger Arjen Robben.

“We’ve had three outstanding weeks, but we’d better stay on our guard, because we’ve won nothing yet.”

Van Gaal gave his side a rare two-day break at the start of last week, but says his side faces several weeks of pressure if it is to win all three trophies.

“Expectations are running too high,” warned the coach.

“What we’ve achieved so far is unbelievable, but we’re not the best team in Europe. We want to be, but we’re not yet.”

Both 21-year-old defender Holger Badstuber and Thomas Müller, 20, have both impressed during their first season in the Bayern first-team, but are showing signs of fatigue having played their way into contention for World Cup places.

Badstuber is expected to be rested for Saturday’s Bundesliga game against Hanover with Diego Contento, 20, set to deputise.

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MUNICH

Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about WWII bomb disposals in Germany

However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.

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