Bayern Munich head to strugglers Hamburg on Saturday with the defending Bundesliga champions looking to improve their finishing and keep the goals flowing under new coach Jupp Heynckes. Bayern have scored eight times without reply in their two games since Heynckes, 72, replaced Carlo Ancelotti a fortnight ago.
Last weekend’s 5-0 thrashing of Freiburg was followed up by a 3-0 win against Celtic on Wednesday in the Champions League. League leaders Borussia Dortmund, two points clear of Bayern, are at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.
Peter Bosz’s Dortmund need a win after losing 3-2 at home to RB Leipzig last Saturday before struggling to a 1-1 draw at APOEL in the Champions League on Tuesday. Third-placed RB Leipzig host Stuttgart on the back of three wins as they prepare for next week’s double header against Bayern.
Bayern head north to Hamburg, who are winless in their last six games, with another big win on the cards. When the teams last met in February, Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick as Hamburg were smashed 8-0 at the Allianz Arena. Bayern have won all of the last six meetings and Hamburg, 15th in the table, last beat the Bavarians eight years ago.
Nevertheless, Heynckes played down any talk of another goal bonanza after the win against Celtic, when Bayern wasted a string of chances. “We have to show some respect for the opponent, we missed a lot of chances, which is cause for concern,” said Heynckes.
Heynckes hinted there will be some rotation in Hamburg after James Rodriguez, Corentin Tolisso and Arturo Vidal started on the bench against Celtic. Dortmund host Frankfurt on Saturday with question marks over goalkeeper Roman Burki.
The shot-stopper’s error allowed APOEL to take a shock lead in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw. The result left Dortmund six points behind Real Madird and Tottenham Hotspur and facing a Champions League exit before the knock-out stages. “He made an error, he knows that himself, but has often helped the team and now they have to be there for him,” said coach Peter Bosz.-AFP