Bay­ern, Dort­mund aim to bounce back

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

BAY­ERN MU­NICH and Borus­sia Dort­mund re­turn to Bun­desliga ac­tion fol­low­ing the in­ter­na­tional break with both hop­ing to bounce back from dis­ap­point­ing re­sults last time out.

Lead­ers Bay­ern travel to midtable Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt to­mor­row hav­ing dropped their first points of the cam­paign at home to Cologne. That draw opened the door for Dort­mund to close the gap but they slipped at Bayer Lev­erkusen and Thomas Tuchel’s team now wel­come sec­ond-placed Hertha Ber­lin to­day.

Third-placed Dort­mund are aim­ing to set a new club record of 25 con­sec­u­tive un­beaten home games in the Bun­desliga but sur­prise pack­ages Hertha are not go­ing to roll over eas­ily.

“We’re con­cen­trat­ing on our­selves re­gard­less of who plays for Dort­mund. A point is the min­i­mum [goal]. We are well pre­pared,” Hertha coach Pal Dar­dai said.

Bay­ern played down their draw with Cologne as coach Carlo Ancelotti said “no need to be con­cerned” and de­fender Mats Hum­mels added: “We’re a bit frus­trated with the draw, but we have 16 points from six games and we’re def­i­nitely top. If that’s a cri­sis, we can live with it.”

Their po­si­tion at the top of the ta­ble may not be strength­ened too much as they chase a fifth con­sec­u­tive ti­tle de­spite the meet­ing of sec­ond and third as both Cologne and RB Leipzig, level on points with Dort­mund, have winnable games.

Leipzig look to main­tain their un­beaten start to their maiden top-flight cam­paign away to 13th Wolfs­burg, who are win­less since the open­ing day, on Sun­day while Cologne host sec­ond-bot­tom In­gol­stadt to­mor­row.

Bot­tom team SV Ham­burg, the only club other than In­gol­stadt with­out a win in the divi­sion, face a dif­fi­cult trip to Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach as they look to turn round a dis­as­trous start to the sea­son.

New coach Markus Gis­dol will be in charge for just the sec­ond time and must try to lift a side which has scored a league-worst two goals and con­ceded a joint sec­ond-worst 12 in six games so far.

Werder Bre­men are the other club to have rolled the dice on a new coach so far this cam­paign and Alexan­der Nouri will hope to con­tinue his pos­i­tive start of four points from two games against Bayer Lev­erkusen to­mor­row.

Schalke, cur­rently in the play­off place, thrashed Glad­bach last time for a first win un­der coach Markus Weinzierl and now hope to con­tinue their own re­cov­ery away to Augs­burg.

The other week­end matches see Hof­fen­heim vs Freiburg and Mainz vs Darm­stadt. – dpa

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