Bay­ern out to si­lence crit­ics

New Straits Times - - Sport -

BER­LIN: Carlo Ancelotti’s Bay­ern Mu­nich will be look­ing to si­lence their crit­ics with vic­tory over Mainz in the Bun­desliga today.

A 3-0 vic­tory over An­der­lecht in the Cham­pi­ons League on Tues­day was over­shad­owed by re­ports of in­ter­nal dishar­mony in Mu­nich.

The Ger­man me­dia have re­ported grow­ing dis­cord be­tween coach Ancelotti and lead­ing play­ers such as Thomas Mueller, Franck Ribery and Robert Le­wandowski.

Borus­sia Dort­mund host Cologne to­mor­row, as they look to bounce back from de­feat to Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur in mid­week.

Cologne coach Peter Stoeger may well rest some key play­ers after their Europa League opener against Ar­se­nal on Thurs­day.

Cham­pi­ons League goalscorer Emil Fors­berg is ex­pected to be rested for Leipzig’s clash with Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach.

Fors­berg scored Leipzig’s first ever Cham­pi­ons League goal in their 1-1 draw with Monaco on Wed­nes­day.

Mid­field all-rounder Jonas Hof­mann looks set to re­turn as Glad­bach go after their first win since the open­ing weekend.

Hanover have been one of the sea­son’s early sur­prises, and could go top of the Bun­desliga with a win over Hamburg yes­ter­day.

The pro­moted side are un­beaten since An­dre Bre­it­en­re­iter took over in April, and have not con­ceded a sin­gle goal at home un­der the new coach.

Hof­fen­heim re­main un­beaten in sec­ond, hav­ing shown their qual­ity with a 2-0 win over Bay­ern last Satur­day.

Hertha’s hopes of tak­ing some­thing back to Ber­lin lie with Mathew Leckie, who has three goals in three league games for his new club. AFP

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