Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber is confident that his side can record a good result in Saturday’s Bundesliga match at home against Wolfsburg.
FCB were surprisingly beaten 3-1 by Borussia Monchenglandbach, and Badstuber is determined to return to winning ways at the weekend.
“We’ve trained really well this week. I’m certain we’ve taken a good step forward. I’m very optimistic about the Wolfsburg match,” Badstuber said on the official Bayern website.
“Jupp Heynckes has laid special emphasis on defending as a team this week, because we were sloppy in the last match.
“We showed total unity and conviction as a team earlier this season, and everyone helped out everyone else, none of us were too far away from our team-mates. We know that was what made us strong, and we aim to demonstrate that again on Saturday.”
The match at the Allianz Arena kicks off at 15.30CET.
Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has voiced his opinion that the Bundesliga giants will have to learn how to suffer if they are to be successful in the 2011-12 campaign.
Heynckes feels that the Bavarians have plenty of quality amongst their ranks, but stressed that the mental aspect of the game is equally important.
“The team has to understand and learn that it’s no longer enough to have a lot of quality these days. Everybody has to be ready to suffer to help the team,” Heynckes was quoted as saying by Bild.
“We have some outstanding individual players and a lot of quality. But it’s impossible to relax and sit back when you’re at Bayern. It’s my job to make the players realise this.”
Heynckes then went on respond to Mario Gomez’s criticism that Bayern’s can be too static to surprise opponents on occasions.
“I can only look at the performances we’ve put in in the past with this season, and the successes we’ve achieved.”
The Bayern trainer ended by stressing that although Borussia Dortmund are FCB’s biggest rivals in the title race, the other teams cannot be ruled out completely.
“We have to show respect to Schalke and Borussia Monchengladbach. They play some excellent football. Dortmund are the reigning champions and are among the top favourites.”
Bayern sit joint first in the table with Dortmund and Schalke as all three sides have 37 points from 18 games.
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The so-called big-name striker Bayern Munich were set to reveal on Thursday does not exist.
A report on the Bavarians’ official website revealed the club had secured the transfer of a ‘bomb’ striker, to be revealed at a press conference at 14.00 CET. However, the report was nothing more than a publicity stunt.
The club encouraged fans to watch the press conference via Facebook, but when the time came for the announcement, an envelope opened with the profile picture of the user viewing the stream.
“There will be a spectacular signing for the attack,” Christian Nerlinger had said on the official Bayern website.
Later, the club released an official statement, explaining that the purpose of the act was to underline the importance of supporters to the club.
“Dear fans, of course you’ve all noticed it already: The video of the press conferen wasn’t completely serious, but a little fun for our fans on Facebook, where our fans are the focus.”
Earlier in January, Bayern president Uli Hoeness announced that his side were targeting ‘a real bomb,’ for the attack. Whether the club will eventually target a striker remains unclear.
Bayern Munich have scored more and conceded fewer goals at home than any Bundesliga team, but have three fewer points than Schalke on their own soil.
Bayern Munich have found the net within the opening 15 minutes on nine occasions this season, a Bundesliga best by a margin of three.
Bayern Munich have apologised for a publicity stunt which led many of their supporters to believe that the club had signed a high-profile forward.
The Bavarians released a statement on their official website claiming that they would announce the arrival of a ‘bomb’ striker at 14:00CET on Thursday.
However, it transpired that Bayern were merely hyping up the launch of a new application for their fans on Facebook.
Many supporters felt let down and deceived and the Bundesliga leaders have moved to make amends.
“We are sorry,” a statement on the club’s official website read. “It was not our intention to disappoint with the new Bayern app.
“Rather, we wanted to provide you with this app to show you how important every fan is to FC Bayern Munich.”
With the publicity stunt coming so soon after last weekend’s disappointing loss to Borussia Monchengladbach, Bayern will be hoping to get their fans back on their side when they host Wolfsburg at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.
Bayern slipped up in the Bundesliga restart fixture, returning home from Gladbach last weekend empty-handed. But all that is in the past, as FCB take on Wolfsburg this Saturday (Live in English from 3.15 pm CET on FCB.tv Web Radio), determined to make amends for last Friday’s slip-up. Victory over the Wolves at the Allianz Arena would all but guarantee Munich remaining top of the table.
“The team has to show the right reaction straight away,” urged chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Boss Jupp Heynckes delivered a similarly charged statement: “I’ve told my team in no uncertain terms that I expect a very different approach, not just on Saturday, but right through to the end of the season.”
Vice-captain Bastian Schweinsteiger acknowledged that Bayern have now been “put on the spot. I hope we can set off on a run similar to the series at the start of the season.” The 27-year-old and his team-mates lost the opening match of the season 1–0 to Gladbach, but then kept eight straight clean sheets in the Bundesliga, and remained undefeated in their next 13 competitive matches. “We’re wide awake now,” said Schweinsteiger, “I’m very confident.”
That confidence is partly based on the return of Franck Ribéry from suspension. The France star, behind only striker Mario Gomez as Bayern’s second-highest scorer in the league on eight goals, will resume duty on the left flank against Wolfsburg. “In my opinion, he’s one of the five best players in the world,” Schweinsteiger stated.
Wolfsburg supremo Felix Magath, who guided Bayern to back-to-back doubles in 2005 and 2006, is another Ribery admirer. “I’d have liked his ban to continue for one more match,” Magath quipped. The Frenchman’s return means he is reunited with fellow winger Arjen Robben, and controlling the pair would be a problem for any team. Moreover, Wolfsburg are the third-worst defenders in the league with 34 goals against so far, and are the weakest side on their travels with just four points from nine away fixtures.
For all that, FCB are wary and respectful in the wake of the defeat to Gladbach. “We have to cut out the mistakes and concentrate harder against Wolfsburg,” Heynckes ordered. Schweinsteiger called for much greater aggression: “We made life difficult for ourselves in Gladbach,” said the midfield orchestrator, who should be fit to face the Wolves despite a minor but persistent inflammation of the knee.
The only confirmed absentees on Saturday are Daniel van Buyten (metatarsal fracture) and Diego Contento (broken toe). Jerome Boateng is poised to take over from Van Buyten at centre-half, with Rafinha starting at right-back. Breno will appear in a Heynckes squad for the first time.
Munich are impatiently waiting to get on with the first home match since Christmas. “Despite our defeat last week, I’m still of the opinion that we had an outstanding pre-season period and are in good shape,” said Heynckes, although he issued a warning about Saturday’s opponents after analysing Wolfsburg’s 1-0 victory over Köln last week: “Their attitude was good and they ran very hard indeed.”
The record books certainly favour anyone tempted to bet on FCB. The men from Lower Saxony, who brought in eight new faces in the winter transfer period, have generally struggled in Munich, as Bayern have won the corresponding fixture on their home turf on the last nine occasions.