Bay­ern to main­tain win­ning streak

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CHAM­PI­ONS Bay­ern Mu­nich re­turn to Bun­desliga ac­tion with a home match against In­gol­stadt to­mor­row while Cologne have the chance to scratch a 20year itch to­day.

New coach Carlo Ancelotti has seen his Bay­ern charges main­tain a 100% record so far and they out­classed Ros­tov 5-0 in the Cham­pi­ons League on Tues­day.

Young­ster Joshua Kim­mich (pix) is emerg­ing as a star hav­ing added the scor­ing touch to his im­pres­sive per­for­mances with a brace against Ros­tov fol­low­ing a Bun­desliga strike against Schalke.

“Peo­ple al­ways said to me that as soon as I get the first one, the rest will fol­low,” Kim­mich said while Ancelotti praised him as a player who “can fill ev­ery po­si­tion.”

In­gol­stadt have taken just one point from their open­ing two games but hope to spring a sur­prise against their Bavar­ian neigh­bours.

“We know that we need a per­fect day to take some­thing from them,” coach Markus Kauczin­ski said. “We’re striv­ing for this per­fect day.”

The football week­end in Ger­many be­gins to­day when Cologne wel­come Freiburg with the hosts know­ing a win would take them to seven points and the top of the ta­ble, for 24 hours, for the first time since Au­gust 1996.

Goal­keeper Timo Horn could boost that bid as he re­turns from in­jury af­ter go­ing through a train­ing ses­sion with­out prob­lems.

“I am feel­ing no more pain so I think it looks good,” he told the club home­page.

Borus­sia Dort­mund bounced back from last week’s loss at RB Leipzig with a 6-0 Cham­pi­ons League romp at Le­gia War­saw as their ex­pen­sively as­sem­bled squad clicked per­fectly yes­ter­day and will look to carry that form into a home match with Darm­stadt.

“A big, big com­pli­ment to the team. We played with a lot of be­lief and a lot of courage, but we also pro­duced an en­er­getic per­for­mance,” de­lighted coach Thomas Tuchel said.

“I am de­lighted that we had such a pres­ence about us and that we were able to pick up such a re­sult.”

Leipzig will look to main­tain their un­beaten start to the top-flight away to SV Ham­burg, who al­ready look des­tined to an­other cam­paign of strug­gle with just one point from two games.

“We have al­ready played well in phases but not con­sis­tently enough,” chair­man and sport di­rec­tor Di­et­mar Beiers­dor­fer said. “That’s why we have only one point till now.”

Hof­fen­heim host Wolfs­burg and Bayer Lev­erkusen head to Eintracht Frank­furt in the other to­mor­row af­ter­noon kick-offs be­fore Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach take on Werder Bre­men in the late game.

Glad­bach will be look­ing to re­cover from a 4-0 Cham­pi­ons League thrash­ing at Manch­ester City but bot­tom club Bre­men are also not with­out their prob­lems to seek as pres­sure al­ready mounts on coach Vik­tor Skrip­nik af­ter two losses.

“We won’t get car­ried away de­spite the tough sit­u­a­tion we’re in, we’ll con­tinue to work,”

Skrip­nik in­sisted while cap­tain Cle­mens Fritz has promised: “We’ve picked our­selves up in the past and we’ll do it again.”

Mainz and Schalke both play on Sun­day af­ter Europa League ac­tion with away fix­tures at Augs­burg and Hertha Berlin re­spec­tively. – dpa

GUN­NERS boss Arsene Wenger has promised Colom­bia goal­keeper David Ospina, 28, he will re­main in goal for Cham­pi­ons League matches in or­der to keep him at the club.

ARSE­NAL’S 34-year-old first-choice goal­keeper Petr Cech (car­i­ca­ture) is happy with the agree­ment to let Ospina play in Euro­pean games ahead of him.

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