Heynckes ready to press res­tart as Bay­ern face Freiburg

The New Age (Northern Cape) - - SPORT -

JUPP Heynckes starts his fourth term 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,” Bay­ern for­ward Thomas Müller, who is ex­pected to ben­e­fit from Heynckes’ re­turn af­ter lan­guish­ing on the bench un­der Ancelotti, said.

Müller was part of the 2013 tre­blewin­ning 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,” Müller 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 3- 0 by PSG 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, 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 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. – Reuters

Thomas Mueller

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