Heynckes ready to press restart but­ton

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - SPORTS -

Jupp Heynckes starts his fourth term at Ger­man cham­pi­ons Bay­ern Mu­nich with a home game against Freiburg Satur­day know­ing that his team must in­stantly snap back into win­ning mode.

The 72-year-old re­placed the sacked Carlo Ancelotti last week af­ter a string of bad re­sults left Bay­ern sec­ond in the Bun­desliga, five points be­hind Borus­sia Dort­mund.

“There is no time for fa­mil­iar­iza­tion, Freiburg want to snatch points away from us,” said Bay­ern Thomas Mueller, who is ex­pected to ben­e­fit from Heynckes’ re­turn af­ter stick­ing to the bench un­der Ancelotti.

Mueller was part of the 2013 tre­ble-win­ning team un­der Heynckes, which also in­cluded the Cham­pi­ons League ti­tle.

“We parted in 2013 with the best of mem­o­ries and that is where we will try to pick up now,” Mueller said. “We know the coach­ing team. It is ex­cited and well tuned. This can only help us.”

Bay­ern wasted two goal leads to draw 2-2 in their last two Bun­desliga matches and were also beaten 30 by Paris St. Ger­main in the Cham­pi­ons League, a de­feat that prompted the de­par­ture of Ancelotti.

Heynckes has promised to shake the team out of its daze and have play­ers work for each other more.

“I al­ready feel a real spirit of op­ti­mism and there is a good at­mos­phere within the team,” Heynckes said Wed­nes­day af­ter two days of coach­ing the team.

“I am con­fi­dent we will have a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude go­ing into our next matches,” he added.

Bay­ern have a busy five weeks ahead with league ac­tion, the Ger­man Cup and Cham­pi­ons League matches, which could go a long way in de­ter­min­ing their sea­son.

Dort­mund, who have yet to lose this sea­son and are on 19 points with six wins from their seven matches, host last sea­son’s run­ner­sup RB Leipzig.

Dort­mund have con­ceded just two league goals and net­ted 21 this term, scor­ing 13 in three home Bun­desliga out­ings and they are un­beaten at home in 41 league games.

Naby Keita’s an­tic­i­pated re­turn from sus­pen­sion could not have been timed bet­ter for Leipzig, who will des­per­ately need the Guinean to try to con­trol the mid­field against the ag­gres­sive Dort­mund.

Af­ter a rocky start Leipzig look to be hit­ting their stride with back-to­back wins over Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt and Cologne.

Third-placed Hof­fen­heim, level with Bay­ern on 14 points, host Augs­burg.

Heynckes has promised to shake the team out of its daze and have play­ers work for each other more.

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