Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac has confirmed a training ground fight between Robert Lewandowski and Kingsley Coman took place this week.
The scuffle happened on Thursday at the club’s training ground.
Lewandowski-Coman fight: Four key things to know…
- Lewandowski and Coman were involved in a physical altercation in training on Thursday.
- Defenders Niklas Sule and Jerome Boateng reportedly separated the pair.
- The club has not dished out sanctions to either player.
- Bayern sit top of the Bundesliga with six games left.
It’s unclear why the altercation occurred. Lewandowski is thought to be close to signing a contract extension after reportedly feeling disconcerted with life at the club and flirting with the idea of moving to Real Madrid. The Pole was involved in a similar fight at the back end of the previous campaign.
Last season, the striker is said to have asked why the club wasn’t showing more ambition in the transfer market; £35m remains the club’s record transfer fee for a player, though they are set to break that with the £68m signing of Lucas Hernandez this summer. What’s more, there is likely to be an influx of new players coming to Bayern with a number of current players on the wrong side of 30.
Kovac confirmed the fight on Friday ahead of Bayern’s away league fixture against Fortuna, though he said neither player would be fined.
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“There was a fight between two players who were named in the media,” Kovac said on Friday, via Goal.
“The three of us discussed it after training, and both apologised for their behaviour and were sorry for what happened.
“No one is being fined because both players were understanding, and being understanding is very important now. The matter is done and dusted.
“No further questions will be answered. Now it’s all about the upcoming game [against Fortuna Dusseldorf on Sunday].”
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Bayern leapfrog Dortmund
The Bavarians blew past Dortmund in a 5-0 demolition in the previous matchday, putting them at the top of the table with a point more than BVB. Lewandowski scored two goals against his former club.
Bayern’s run-in appears easier than that of Dortmund, whose wheels have fallen off somewhat despite initially leading at the top of table by some nine points earlier in the year.
Bayern are also in the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal, where they take on Werder Bremen.