Benjamin Mendy has admitted that Pep Guardiola had a huge bearing on his decision to move to Manchester City in the summer. The France international left-back swapped Monaco for the Etihad Stadium in July, becoming the world’s most expensive defender when he moved for a fee of £52 million. “I wanted to taste football abroad and leave with my head held high, and Guardiola played a great role in my decision,” he told TF1’s ‘Telefoot’.
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich players forgot about their troubles in the Bundesliga for a few hours with a visit to the traditional Oktoberfest beer festival. Wearing leather trousers and accompanied by partners in traditional Alpine dirndl dresses, players enjoyed 1-liter jugs of beer on Saturday in Munich. Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic says, "It's important for the players to be able to get their heads free sometimes." Bayern, which visits Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday, has been unimpressive in the German league so far. It lost to Hoffenheim in the third round and let a two-goal lead slip at home in Friday's draw with Wolfsburg. Defender Mats Hummels says, "Paris
Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti believes Paris Saint-Germain are still searching for an identity after signing Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. PSG spent a world-record fee of €222 million on Brazil star Neymar and then brought in Mbappe - the star of Monaco's Ligue 1 title triumph last term - on a season-long loan, with an expensive permanent transfer to follow next year.