Heynckes op­ti­mistic about Bay­ern team

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BER­LIN: Jupp Heynckes starts his fourth term as coach at Ger­man cham­pi­ons Bay­ern Mu­nich with a home game against Freiburg to­mor­row 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 fa­mil­iari­sa­tion, Freiburg want to snatch points away from us,” said Bay­ern for­ward Thomas Mueller, who is ex­pected to ben­e­fit from Heynckes’ re­turn af­ter lan­guish­ing on 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. This can only help us.”

Bay­ern wasted two-goal leads to draw 2-2 in their last two Bun­desliga matches and were also beaten 3-0 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 cur­rent 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. “I am con­fi­dent we will have a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude go­ing into our next matches.”

Bay­ern have a busy five weeks ahead with league ac­tion, the Ger­man Cup and Cham­pi­ons League matches.

Dort­mund, who have yet to lose this sea­son and are on 19 points with six wins from their seven matches, host last sea­son’s run­ners-up 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 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-to-back wins over Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt and Cologne.

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

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