Bay­ern stare third de­feat in the face

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BAY­ERN Mu­nich host Werder Bre­men to­day des­per­ate to avoid suf­fer­ing a third straight Ger­man league de­feat for the first time in 14 years.

The last time the Bavar­i­ans lost three in suc­ces­sion was in 1998 un­der Ital­ian coach Gio­vanni Tra­p­at­toni, but a win over Bre­men would put them back on top if lead­ers Dort­mund draw at Moenchenglad­bach.

Hav­ing been five points clear just a few weeks ago, re­cent de­feats at home to Dort­mund and at Mainz have seen Bay­ern drop to third in the ta­ble, with Bre­men just two points be­hind in fourth.

Mu­nich are still only a point be­hind both sec­ond- placed ’Glad­bach and Dort­mund, who meet to­day in a week­end of key Bun­desliga fix­tures with just three points sep­a­rat­ing first and fourth places.

De­spite hav­ing qual­i­fied for the knock- out phase of the Cham­pi­ons League, Bay­ern have stum­bled in the do­mes­tic league and badly need a win to stop the rot at their Al­lianz Arena.

Last Sun­day’s 3-2 de­feat at Mainz dam­aged con­fi­dence and both Mu­nich pres­i­dent Uli Hoe­ness and chief ex­ec­u­tive Karl­Heinz Rum­menigge are de­mand­ing a hand­some win over Bre­men.

“I ex­pect our team to make up for the em­bar­rass­ment of their piti­ful per­for­mance at Mainz,” said Hoe­ness. “Now, there’s no ex­cuse. The team have am­ple op­por­tu­nity be­tween now and Christ­mas to get back on top.”

While Mu­nich have strug­gled re­cently, Bre­men are on the rise af­ter last week’s 2-0 win over Stuttgart and have won three of their last four games.

Dort­mund are un­beaten in their last eight games, tak­ing 22 points from a pos­si­ble 24, as they travel to ’Glad­bach who have be­come a force to be reck­oned with un­der coach Lu­cien Favre. – SAPA-AFP

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