Robben: It could be over

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben says he is unsure about the longevity of his career, as his contract at the Bundesliga side enters it's final year.

The Netherlands international, 33, has been in Bavaria since 2009, making well over 200 appearances, but is not sure how he wants to end his time at the club.

"My future is uncertain," Robben told Kicker. "It could be over for me after this season, I could try something new or play three more years for Bayern. Everything is possible.

"I try to enjoy my football and play on a high level as long as possible, but I don't know how long it will work out.

"Both sides always showed big appraisal for each other. I know what I have with the club and it's exactly the same the other way around."

Robben has scored three goals in 11 Bundesliga appearances this season, and started in their midweek Champions League win over Anderlecht.

Rohr asking Akpoguma to choose Nigeria over Germany

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr hopes to convince Hoffenheim defender Kevin Akpoguma to switch allegiances from Germany to Nigeria.

Akpoguma, a UEFA U19 Championship winner, has played for Germany at every level between U16 and U21 age groups, but has not represented the senior German side.

With a Nigerian-born father, Akpoguma could potentially play for the Super Eagles at the World Cup next year, and Rohr went to scout out his abilities last weekend.

"I watched him play for Hoffenheim against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. Kevin is an excellent match for the players we are on the lookout for," Rohr told SWR.

"But he'll have to decide soon whether he wants to wear the colours of Nigeria and I'll call him in the next few days."

However, unless Rohr can quickly come up with some persuasive arguments, his trip to Hoffenheim may well have been in vein.

That's based on Akpoguma's response to Rohr's appearance at the Bundesliga match last weekend.

"That honours me, of course, but I'm German, I was born here, so I should play for Germany too," said the 22-year-old, who was born in Neustadt an der Weinstrabe.

Schalke hopeful of Goretzka stay

Schalke are determined to keep hold of Leon Goretzka despite an ever increasing interest in the talented German midfielder.

A 22-year-old former VfL Bochum player with bags of talent, Goretzka has been excellent for Schalke since joining the side in 2013.

In total, he has played 128 times for the Bundesliga side, scoring 19 goals and creating 13.

His performances this season, that includes four goals in 10 games in all competitions, has attracted the attention of, most notably, Barcelona Arsenal and Liverpool.

With six months left on his current contract, the pressure is increasing on Schalke to tie up a deal for the player.

Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel told SportBild: "I think if Schalke had no chance to keep him I would be the first to know that. “But I haven’t received that kind of information until now.

“Leon will make a decision soon without us building any pressure on him.”

Leipzig: Liverpool tried harder to sign Keita

RB Leipzig have explained that Liverpool beat Barcelona to the signing of Naby Keita by offering the player more security and his club a higher transfer fee.

Liverpool have agreed a club-record £48million move for Keita, with the player set to join the Reds at the end of the current season.

Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff explained that Jurgen Klopp's pursuit of the Guinea midfielder proved crucial in sealing the deal.

Mintzlaff told SportBild: "That’s right, even more so because Barcelona were also interested in Naby Keita.

“This was confirmed to us by Barcelona, but obviously they didn’t try as hard as Liverpool."

Mintzlaff added: "He wanted the transfer this summer,” he said. “But (sporting director) Ralf Rangnick told the team that we will not sell any players (at that time).

“This was not lip service – it was set in stone. Had we released Keita, other players might have come up with a similar idea.

“It (the Liverpool move) gave the player more security, but also left us with a significantly higher transfer fee.”

Hasenhuttl: Leipzig's best Champions League display

RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl cut a proud figure after the 4-1 win over Monaco on Tuesday and claimed it was their best Champions League performance to date.

The Bundesliga outfit were 2-0 ahead after only nine minutes after Jemerson's own goal and Timo Werner's successful penalty. Werner then netted his second in the 31st minute for a 3-0 lead. Radamel Falcao reduced the deficit but Naby Keita bagged Leipzig's fourth goal on the stroke of half-time.

Hasenhuttl's charges are third in Group G with one game left, but level on points with second-placed Porto and could still finish above them and qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

"I can say without exaggeration that this is our best performance in the Champions League," Hasenhuttl told his post-match press conference. "We started as I wanted, making beautiful transitions.

"We knew the result in Istanbul [1-1 between Besiktas and Porto]. A Besiktas victory would have been better for us. But we stayed very focused on our game.

"From now on we no longer have our destiny in hand. But we are sure to play in Europe in 2018.

"And I can also promise that we will win our last match. We can be proud of our efforts."

Bosz: Low confidence cost Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund manager Peter Bosz believes his team were edged out by Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night because his players are short on confidence.

The BVB deservedly took the lead in the 31st minute of the Champions League Group H clash when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang broke the deadlock.

But Harry Kane levelled matters four minutes after the interval and Son Heung-Min produced the winner for Spurs in the 76th minute.

The defeat at home means Dortmund are still without a win in the group stage of the Champions League this season, and Bosz is convinced it's down to a lack of confidence that cost his charges.

Bosz told his press conference, according to ESPN: "You could see after the 1-1 that we are lacking confidence.

"In the first half we played well. We were well-organised and created chances. After the equaliser, we couldn't carry on, though. Stamina, however, is not an issue for us."

Club captain Marcel Schmelzer echoed his manager's thoughts, adding: "We need to stop the individual mistakes. It was very harsh that [Tottenham] immediately took advantage of our errors. It is especially difficult for our younger players to deal with those mistakes.

"Though I wouldn't say that we are lacking leaders on the field or do not have the necessary stamina. Right now, it is all down to confidence for us."

Tottenham take top spot in Dortmund win

Tottenham Hotspur came from behind to defeat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in their Champions League clash at the Westfalenstadion to claim top spot in Group H.

  • Borussia Dortmund 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2
  • Aubameyang opens the scoring on 31'
  • Kane levels on 49'
  • Son puts Spurs ahead on 76'
  • Spurs claim top spot in Group H

Match summary

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ended his goalscoring drought with the game's opening goal mid-way through the first half before Harry Kane's leveller just after the break.

Son Heung-Min then found a winner for the visiting side to ensure Spurs finish above Real Madrid in Group H with one group match still to play.

Full report

Both Dortmund and Tottenham looked up for this encounter but it was the visiting side with the first chance of the tie through an effort from Son Heung-Min that was deflected wide by Dan-Axel Zagadou.

Spurs tested their opponents with a number of early set-pieces as Zagadou looped a header goalward from an eight minute Dortmund corner that Hugo Lloris claimed at the second attempt.

Andriy Yarmolenko's shot from the edge of the area on 13 minutes was never going to concern the French captain, and after a good spell of possession from the hosts, Dortmund really should have been ahead six minutes later.

Aubameyang raced onto a Yarmolenko ball over the Spurs defence, but could only pull his shot wide with just Lloris to beat.

Zagadou was well placed to turn a Son shot wide before a goal-saving header off the line by Deli Alli as Raphael Guerreiro flicked on a Shinji Kagawa corner with 26 minutes played.

Roman Burki kept out Son after Jeremy Toljan had denied the striker moments earlier, all of which proved to be immediately crucial as Aubameyang marked his return from suspension with the game's opening goal on 31 minutes.

A swift Dortmund counter saw Yarmolenko set Aubameyang through on goal, who steered the ball expertly under the advancing Spurs stopper.

Christian Eriksen forced a good save from Burki after a loss of possession from Toljan before the Dortmund keeper made an excellent reflex side to deny the in-form Dane just before the break. A good give-and-go between Eriksen and Son found Danny Rose, who whipped in an superb ball.

Burki still wasn't done though as he somehow kept out an Eric Dier header, at full stretch after a Spurs corner for last piece of action from a thrilling first half.

All of the home goalkeeper's hard work was, however, astonishingly undone just four minutes into the second half as Harry Kane fired in low past Burki after creating space for a shot from the edge of the area following another loss of possession from Toljan.

Alli was off target with a shot he dragged wide on 58 minutes as Burki cut out a through ball for Son that quickly preceded a long-range dig from Aubameyang after Dortmund had flooded forward.

Son though was on target as he buried his 76th minute chance with a powerful finish into the top right corner of the net after being set up by Alli, who had taken two defenders out of the game before a killer ball into the area.

Eriksen so nearly added a third with a header that flew narrowly wide of the mark before Dier cleared a ball across the face of the Spurs goal from Aubameyang.

Dier then blocked from the Gabon striker after a neat one-two with Guerreiro before late Spurs substitute Fernando Llorente saw his loose touch allow Burki to pounce on the ball when he was through on goal. 

That was to be Burki's last involvement in the tie, as a knock he received while making the save saw the goalkeeper replaced by Roman Weidenfeller for the five minutes of added time.

The match ended without further incident though as Spurs claimed a famous win, leaving Dortmund pondering the prospect of the Europa League.

Bayern out to extend eight match winning streak in UCL

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the club are unlikely to win Group B in the UEFA Champions League ahead of leaders Paris Saint-Germain, but he is confident of a win against Anderlecht.

The Bavarians have won eight games in a row in all competitions since the return of coach Jupp Heynckes, and a victory over Purple & White at the Stade Constant Vanden Stock on Wednesday would likely see them further cement a second place finish.

Currently, PSG top the standings on 12 points and are three ahead of Bayern with a match against bottom club Celtic to come at home at the Parc des Princes. With a superior goal difference over Heynckes' men, it seems that the Parisians will top Group B. Nonetheless, Rummenigge wants to continue the winning form against the winless Belgium outfit.

He told the club's official website, "We’re not expecting PSG to lose. They've won everything up till now and haven’t conceded a goal. The team seems very stable. We would have to beat them 4-0 to be top. 

"Obviously we want to win, but I’m not optimistic that it will be 4-0. We’re concentrating on ourselves and want to keep playing well.”

“We’re on a run of eight wins, and we want to continue that. We want to stay in good form. There’s also the UEFA ranking to consider. We want to ensure the fourth spot for the Bundesliga. Therefore we’re absolutely going for the win.”

Sule grateful for Heynckes faith

Bayern Munich defender Niklas Sule says he is pleased with the trust head coach Jupp Heynckes has in his abilities after retaining his position in the starting XI.

Upon joining the Bundesliga Champions from Hoffenheim in the off-season, the £18million signing was expected assume a backup role within the squad.

However, an injury to first-choice defender Jerome Boateng allowed the 22-year-old to slot seamlessly into the backline under previous head coach Carlo Ancelotti and he's subsequently retained his position under the Italian's successor, Heynckes.

"I feel the coach puts a lot of trust in me, I make lots of appearances," he told reporters ahead of the Anderlecht fixture. "I try to vindicate it. Many people hadn't thought I'd make so many appearances. I had trust in myself.

Having already featured 14 times this season, the towering defender claims the presence of world-class Germany international centre-backs' Boateng and Matts Hummels has improved his game tremendously in the short space of time he's spent with the established stars.

"I train with the two on a daily basis, you watch every move as a young player. Their body language is very professional, during training too. Also the way they approach training: diet and other things. I learn a lot."

Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham Hotspur

Borussia Dortmund will look to keep their slim hopes alive of qualifying for the next round of the UEFA Champions League when they face already qualified Tottenham Hotspur in Tuesday's Group H tie at Signal-Iduna-Park. 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returns to the BVB squad after missing his side's last Bundesliga defeat to Stuttgart with a club suspension for arriving late to training. The Gabon striker scored 15 goals in his first 12 appearances in all competitions this season but has not scored in his last five. He will no doubt be eager to get back to scoring form against the Lilywhites. 

With Danny Rose expected to start after being left out of the matchday squad in the recent defeat to Arsenal in the Premiership, all eyes could be on the left-back to see how he performs at the Westfalenstadion.

Reports suggest the 27-year-old was not happy with the snub despite being 100% fit. How he reacts against Dortmund could give some insight into his long-term future in London. 

The home side have lost four games out of five in the Bundesliga as their good start to the season has fallen away under coach Peter Bosz, and questions have already started to be asked about his future. Nonetheless, the 54-year-old believes that recent form is not an indication of the long-term plan he has for the Black and Yellows.

He told reporters at a pre-match press conference, "I understand the unrest. That's how it has to be if you work for a big club like Dortmund - you have to win. I feel that people understand the phase which we are in." 

Meanwhile, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has also defended his side after three losses out of five and a defeat to fierce rivals Arsenal in the North London derby.  The slump has seen the club drop out of the top four in the Premier League. He said, "I am happy with the pressure and criticism.

"It means people expect more of us. People consider us at this level. We are so calm and we know very well we have improved a lot in every single aspect." 

Aubameyang is expected to return to the starting line-up after serving his one-match club suspension for tardiness. Christian Pulisic participation is doubtful after he missed the side's last training session for an undisclosed reason. 

For the visitors, Rose is expected to come back into the reckoning after missing out during the loss to the Gunners. Pochettino may also field a changed first-11 with qualification to the next stage secured.