Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has criticised the recent form of Franck Ribery and suggested he could drop the Frenchman in favour of Douglas Costa for Wednesday's DFB-Pokal clash with Borussia Dortmund. Ribery impressed in the Bundesliga win over Dortmund at the start of the month, contributing a goal and an assist, but failed to make much of an impact in the Champions League tie against Real Madrid or the draw with Mainz. Ancelotti has made it clear his decisions were unrelated to Ribery's physical condition and were based solely on his disappointing performances.
Gareth Bale is set for a new spell on the sidelines after scans revealed the Real Madrid ace suffered "a grade 2 injury in his left calf" during the 3-2 defeat to Barcelona on Sunday (23 April). Zinedine Zidane has played down the extent of the blow but reports in Spain suggest that Bale could be out for three or four weeks –missing both legs of the Champions League semi-finals against Atletico Madrid on 2 and 10 May. Bale, 27, was unavailable for recent wins over Bayern Munich and Sporting Gijon after being forced off with a calf injury during the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals against the Bundesliga giants on 12 April.
Lothar Matthaus feels Arsenal attacker Alexis Sanchez would be an excellent addition for Bayern Munich amid suggestions the Bundesliga champions are pondering a swoop for the Chile international. Sanchez's contract with Arsenal expires in June 2018 and talks over a new deal have been put on hold until the end of the season after both parties failed to reach an agreement. Arsene Wenger remains hopeful Sanchez will stay at Emirates Stadium, but clubs such as Bayern, Manchester City and Chelsea are reportedly keeping a close eye on the 28-year-old's situation.