Bayern stare third defeat in the face
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