Bay­ern boss Heynckes starts his fourth stint with aim of re­viv­ing stut­ter­ing club

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>> BER­LIN: Bay­ern Mu­nich will play their first game un­der re­turn­ing coach Jupp Heynckes when they host Freiburg to­day.

The 72-year-old, who won the tre­ble with the club in 2013, is tasked with re­viv­ing Bay­ern’s stut­ter­ing sea­son af­ter his pre­de­ces­sor Carlo Ancelotti was dis­missed two weeks ago.

Bay­ern are five points be­hind lead­ers Borus­sia Dort­mund in the Bun­desliga ta­ble, and have won just two of their last five league fixtures.

To­day’s game against Freiburg is a must-win for the cham­pi­ons, as they look to start afresh un­der Heynckes.

Dort­mund, mean­while, face a top four clash with RB Leipzig as they aim to con­sol­i­date their po­si­tion at the top of the ta­ble.

Heynckes be­gins his fourth spell in charge at Bay­ern Mu­nich and has warned that there may not be an overnight fix to their prob­lems.

“I have an­a­lysed the team’s cur­rent con­di­tion,” said Heynckes at his pre­sen­ta­tion ear­lier this week. “It’s a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion.”

Bay­ern are still with­out first choice goal­keeper Manuel Neuer, and Franck Ribery is also out of ac­tion hav­ing picked up a knee in­jury against Hertha Ber­lin.

Nonethe­less, Bay­ern’s record against to­day’s op­po­nents is rea­son for op­ti­mism. They have never lost at home to Freiburg, and have won all of their last 13 home games against them.

Dort­mund will be look­ing to ex­tend their un­beaten streak as they host RB Leipzig.

Dort­mund are yet to lose in the league this sea­son, and have es­tab­lished them­selves as the team to beat in the ti­tle race.

There are, how­ever, de­fen­sive con­cerns for Peter Bosz’s side, with Raphael Guer­reiro, Mar­cel Sch­melzer, Erik Durm and Lukasz Piszczek all in­jured.

For fourth placed Leipzig, the game is a chance to mus­cle in on the ti­tle race. Vic­tory would see them nar­row the gap be­tween them­selves and Dort­mund to just three points.

They may be with­out star striker Timo Werner, who has been strug­gling with breath­ing and cir­cu­la­tion is­sues in re­cent weeks.

Hof­fen­heim are hop­ing to bounce back from two con­sec­u­tive de­feats when they host fel­low high fly­ers Augs­burg.

Third in the ta­ble and equal on points with Bay­ern Mu­nich, Ju­lian Nagels­mann’s side suf­fered two big set­backs with de­feats to Lu­do­gorets Raz­grad and Freiburg be­fore the in­ter­na­tional break.

FIXTURES

(kick-offs 8.30pm, Thai time, un­less stated)

To­day Bay­ern Mu­nich v Freiburg, Hof­fen­heim v Augs­burg, Hertha Ber­lin v Schalke, Mainz v Ham­burg, Hanover v Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt, Dort­mund v RB Leipzig (11.30pm)

To­mor­row Lev­erkusen v Wolfs­burg, Bre­men v Moenchenglad­bach (11pm)

New Bay­ern Mu­nich coach Jupp Heynckes, cen­tre, poses with his play­ers.

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