Ribery plays down supporter incident

The ex-France international was not too worried about Wednesday’s incident and was pleased with Bayern’s performance against HSV

Franck Ribery has played down the incident that saw a spectator strike him with a scarf in Bayern Munich’s 3-1 DFB Pokal win at Hamburg on Wednesday.

The Frenchman was making his first start of the season after suffering from back and knee injuries and scored Bayern’s third goal in a comfortable victory for the holders at the Imtech Arena.

However, the match ended on a sour note when a Hamburg supporter ran onto the pitch and hit Ribery with a scarf, before making a hand gesture towards the 31-year-old and being led away by stewards.

The incident drew an immediate apology from Hamburg on Twitter, while Ribery himself brushed aside the altercation.

“Fortunately nothing much happened,” he told German TV station ARD.

“It was a difficult situation, I didn’t see him coming.”

Ribery’s goal came via a deflection from Johan Djourou and, though he admits there was an element of luck, he was happy with the team’s performance.

“It was my first game from the start so it wasn’t easy. I’m delighted the team played so well and I think I had a good game too.

“I was a bit lucky with my goal, but it was super for me and the team. We have to keep it up, all of us together.”

Guardiola: Bayern learnt their lesson

The ex-Barcelona coach was happy to see his team did not make the same mistakes they made earlier this campaign

Pep Guardiola has voiced his delight with Bayern Munich’s 3-1 DFB Pokal win over Hamburg on Wednesday evening and feels the Bavarians have learned from their previous encounter with HSV.

The Bundesliga champions were held to a scoreless draw at the Imtech Arena earlier this season, but there was to be no repeat in the German Cup.

Robert Lewandowski’s opener was followed by further goals from David Alaba and Franck Ribery before Pierre-Michel Lasogga struck a late consolation for the hosts and Guardiola was pleased with what he saw.

“We learned our lessons from the 0-0 draw in Hamburg a few weeks ago. We knew we had to play fast and put pressure on them early on,” Guardiola said at a press conference.

“In the cup it’s easy for you as a coach because you know: you lose, you’re out. But from the very beginning we played very well and then got the first goal by Robert. 

“Especially I am pleased with our performance in the second half. Usually if you start the second half with a 2-0 lead, you play a little more neglectful – but we did very well.

“So we are pleased, we are into the last 16. Until March next year we have this competition in our pocket. 

“Now we regenerate and think about our next opponent: BVB [Borussia Dortmund].”

Bayern meet Eintracht Braunschweig in the round of 16 on March 3 or 4, 2015.

Ribery confronted by supporter

A fan ran onto the pitch at the Imtech Arena and struck the Frenchman in the face with his scarf before making an offensive hand gesture towards the 31-year-old

Franck Ribery was attacked and insulted by a supporter during Bayern Munich ‘s DFB Pokal win at Hamburg on Wednesday night.

A fan ran onto pitch during the dying seconds of the Bavarians’ 3-1 victory at the Imtech Arena and struck the Frenchman in the face with his scarf.

The supporter then made an offensive hand gesture towards Ribery before eventually being apprehanded by stewards and escorted from the field of play.

Ribery had been making his first start of the season for Bayern after missing the start of the 2014-15 campaign through injury.

The 31-year-old marked his return with a deflected strike 10 minutes into the second half, after first-half efforts from Robert Lewandowski and David Alaba had put Pep Guardiola’s men in complete control of the tie.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga pulled a goal back for the hosts in the closing stages but Bayern held on comfortably to set themselves up nicely for Saturday’s Bundesliga clash with Borussia Dortmund at the Allianz Arena.

Ribery attacked by supporter

A fan ran onto the pitch at the Imtech Arena and struck the Frenchman in the face with his scarf before making an offensive hand gesture towards the 31-year-old

Franck Ribery was attacked and insulted by a supporter during Bayern Munich ‘s DFB Pokal win at Hamburg on Wednesday night.

A fan ran onto pitch during the dying seconds of the Bavarians’ 3-1 victory at the Imtech Arena and struck the Frenchman in the face with his scarf.

The supporter then made an offensive hand gesture towards Ribery before eventually being apprehanded by stewards and escorted from the field of play.

Ribery had been making his first start of the season for Bayern after missing the start of the 2014-15 campaign through injury.

The 31-year-old marked his return with a deflected strike 10 minutes into the second half, after first-half efforts from Robert Lewandowski and David Alaba had put Pep Guardiola’s men in complete control of the tie.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga pulled a goal back for the hosts in the closing stages but Bayern held on comfortably to set themselves up nicely for Saturday’s Bundesliga clash with Borussia Dortmund at the Allianz Arena.

Hamburg 1-3 Bayern Munich: Ribery returns with a goal in cup cruise

The Frenchman netted after earlier strikes from Robert Lewandowski and David Alaba, thus rendering Pierre-Michel Lasogga’s late header purely academic


Franck Ribery marked his first start since recovering from a troublesome back problem with a goal as Bayern Munich kicked off the defence of their DFB-Pokal crown with a comfortable 3-1 win at Hamburg.

Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring just sevens minutes into the game at the Imtech Arena and David Alaba doubled the visitors’ advantage with stunning long-range strike just before the break.

Ribery then made it 3-0 with a deflected strike 10 minutes after half-time, rendering Pierre-Michel Lasogga’s late header purely academic.

However, the game ended on a sour note, with a supporter invading the pitch just before the full-time whistle and striking Ribery in the face with his scarf.

More to follow …

Lewandowski: Dortmund are still a dangerous opponent for Bayern

BVB are currently languishing down in 15th place in the German top flight but their former forward says Jurgen Klopp’s men are capable of beating anyone on their day

Robert Lewandowski has warned his Bayern Munich team-mates not to underestimate Borussia Dortmund ahead of Saturday’s Bundesliga showdown at the Allianz Arena – despite his old club’s disastrous start to the new season.

BVB finished as runners-up last term but they have lost six of their opening nine games of the 2014-15 campaign, leaving them languishing in 15th place in the standings, just above the relegation zone.

However, Lewandowski, who left Dortmund for Bayern on a free transfer during the summer, is quick to point out that Jurgen Klopp’s side have been hit hard by injuries and thus believes that they cannot be written off ahead of this weekend’s game in Bavaria.

“This is an important game: Dortmund are always dangerous,” the striker told Sport Bild. “They can beat anyone in a one-off game.

“They have so many players injured and they have the whole season to turn things around.

“It has all gone wrong at the start but Dortmund are always difficult to play against.

“They still have great players, so the biggest mistake for us would be to underestimate them.”

Lewandowksi also insisted that he does not derive any satisfaction from the fact that Dortmund are struggling so badly without him, revealing that he still looks out for their results every weekend.

“As soon as our games are finished, the first thing I want to know is how Dortmund have fared,” the 26-year-old attacker confessed.

“It is not as if I am pleased by Dortmund defeats.”

However, Lewandowski admitted that he is loving life in Bavaria, despite the fact that he is struggling to be as prolific as he was in Dortmund.

The Poland international, who has hit five goals in 12 appearances in all competitions, insists that he is feeling more and more settled with each passing game, thanks in no small part to former BVB team-mate Mario Gotze.

“I’m feeling much better in Munich now,” he explained. “I guess you can say that I have arrived.

“But things will get even better. Mario and I already got along very well at Dortmund. Our rapport was good and in Bavaria it is getting better.

“Here, there is tremendous pressure before every game. And even after three or four goals, there is no let up. We always want to be at full throttle.

“We are never satisfied – even though many of our players have already won everything. This formula for success here is outstanding.”

Bayern are undefeated going into this weekend’s game against Dortmund and hold a four-point lead over Borussia Monchengladbach at the top of the Bundesliga.

Dortmund not scared of Bayern – Hummels

The Germany international is eagerly anticipating this weekend’s clash against the Bundesliga champions and was pleased with the cup win over St. Pauli

Mats Hummels believes Saturday’s game against Bayern Munich is the perfect opportunity for Borussia Dortmund to gain confidence and get back on track after a difficult start to the 2014-15 campaign.

Jurgen Klopp’s men sit a disappointing 15th in the Bundesliga table  with just seven points from nine games, but Hummels does not fear this weekend’s clash with the reigning champions.

“We have a great game on Saturday. It’s a great challenge, but if there’s one game to gain confidence, it’s the one against Bayern,” Hummels told the official Dortmund website.

Dortmund beat St Pauli 3-0 on Tuesday evening in the DFB Pokal and Hummels was pleased with BVB’s performance.

“We’ve never had to go through anything like this, it dents your confidence. But we’ve taken a great step forward against St. Pauli.

“The second half wasn’t as good as the first one, but it was important to progress. All in all [it was] a commanding performance from us.”

Dortmund put Reus talks on hold

The Bundesliga champions are putting their form on the pitch first before entering contract talks with their star man

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has admitted the club have put contract talks with Marco Reus on hold for the foreseeable future in order to focus on their performances on the pitch.

The Germany international has a contract with BVB until the summer of 2017, but he has a buyout clause in his existing deal that would allow him to leave the club for €25 million at the end of the season.

Dortmund are keen to offer Reus a new and improved deal without a buyout clause – with Bayern Munich closely monitoring the 25-year-old’s situation – but negotiations have been put on the back burner for now due to the club’s poor start to the 2014-15 campaign.

Jurgen Klopp’s men currently sit 15th in the Bundesliga table with just seven points from nine games.

“Nothing has changed about our intentions to continue our collaboration with Marco,” Zorc told Sport Bild.

“But the current situation demands full focus from everybody at the club. Our biggest priority at the moment is to get out of this difficult situation. Everything else comes after that for now.”

Reus recently returned to match action after shaking of an ankle injury. He has scored three goals in seven appearances for Dortmund so far this campaign

Ancelotti: It's impossible to shut up Blatter

The Italian was not impressed by the Fifa president’s recent remarks about the Ballon d’Or and feels Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win the award a third time

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says it’s impossible “shut up” Sepp Blatter after he claimed Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer deserves to win the Ballon d’Or more than Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Fifa president stated earlier this week that he would prefer the Germany international to win the prestigious individual award following his successful World Cup, but Ancelotti is adamant that Ronaldo should take home the trophy for a second year in succession.

“I’m surprised by the Fifa president’s comments, but he can say what he wants,” Ancelotti said at a press conference.

“There’s not much we can do about it. It is impossible to shut up the president of Fifa…

“The Ballon d’Or is something people always start speaking about months before the award ceremony. But there aren’t many things to discuss this year in my opinion.

“If Ronaldo won it last year ahead of players like Franck Ribery and Lionel Messi, then there’s no doubt about it that he will win again this year after winning important titles with Madrid and scoring so many goals.

“For me, Blatter’s comment that Neuer should win it don’t make much sense…”

The 23-man shortlist will be narrowed down to just three candidates on December 1, with the winner to be announced on January 12.

Schweinsteiger set for return, says Guardiola

The Germany international has not featured in an official game since the World Cup, but is expected to resume squad training shortly

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is confident that Bastian Schweinsteiger will soon be available for selection again after a spell on the sidelines due to injury.

The 30-year-old has not made a competitive appearance since the World Cup because of a knee problem picked up during the pre-season tour of America.

However, Guardiola believes the Germany international will soon be able to resume squad training and take the next step in his recovery.

“The end of the recovery process is getting nearer. I think he will soon be able to train with the team again,” Guardiola said at a press conference.

“It depends on the physio and the doctor when exactly he can resume squad training. He will be able to make his comeback when he no longer feels pain.”

The midfielder prematurely ended an individual training session on Tuesday for unknown reasons, but he’s optimistic that he will soon be back in action.

“My situation is improving,” Schweinsteiger told TZ. “I’m trying to increase the workload and intensity.”

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