Ribery tells Bay­ern stars to wake up

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Hav­ing en­dured a few sleep­less nights fol­low­ing the Champions League de­feat last week in Madrid, Franck Ribery has is­sued his Bay­ern Mu­nich team-mates with a wake-up call.

The French veteran sat out Satur­day’s lack­lus­tre 1-1 draw at home to Cologne in Ger­many’s top flight with tired­ness af­ter prob­lems sleep­ing fol­low­ing last Wed­nes­day’s 1-0 de­feat at Atletico Madrid.

It was Bay­ern’s fourth straight away de­feat to Span­ish clubs and the Bavarian champions were then an­noyed to drop their first Bun­desliga points of the sea­son in throw­ing away a 1-0 lead against Cologne. De­spite their slight dip Bay­ern still hold a three-point gap at the top of the Ger­man league with 12 of their squad now on in­ter­na­tional duty.

But Ribery says they must buck their ideas up af­ter the in­ter­na­tional break for their league game at Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt on Oc­to­ber 15 and next Champions League match at home to PSV Eind­hoven four days later.

“We have to play like a team and for­get about the two bad re­sults,” Ribery told the Ger­man daily Bild.

“We are a top team with a re­ally good squad. We have to work to­gether again, fight for each other and we can do that well to­gether.”

Ger­many cap­tain Manuel Neuer has al­ready said Bay­ern were pun­ished for drop­ping their tempo against Cologne in their third straight be­low-par per­for­mance. Hav­ing pre­vi­ously been warned by se­nior Bay­ern fig­ures about his pre-sea­son crit­i­cism of ex-coach Pep Guardi­ola, Ribery was full of praise for boss Carlo Ancelotti.

“Carlo is sim­ply a re­ally good bloke,” added Ribery. “He of­ten comes up to me, asks how things are go­ing and he does it with in­tel­li­gence.

“He talks a lot with us, ro­tates a lot and gives ev­ery player chances and lots of (play­ing) min­utes.”

The fi­nal point is im­por­tant for in­juryprone wingers Ribery, 33, and Ar­jen Robben, 32, both of whom are out of con­tract at the end of the sea­son.

“They have the ex­pe­ri­ence and have been play­ing for years at the top level,” Bay­ern cap­tain Philipp Lahm told broad­caster Sport1 of the veteran duo.

“I would def­i­nitely be pleased if they both played for an ex­tra year with us. They both have win­ner’s men­tal­i­ties.” —AFP

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