Heynckes calls for video evidence after ref blunder in Dortmund match

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has called for video evidence to be introduced after title rivals Borussia Dortmund were on the receiving end of a poor refereeing decision on Saturday.

Marcel Schmelzer was shown a red card by Wolfgang Stark for a deliberate handball on the goal-line, though replays showed that the ball had actually hit his leg as Jurgen Klopp’s team lost further ground in the title race with a 3-2 defeat to Wolfsburg.

And Heynckes believes that decisions like those at Westfalenstadion could be removed from the game if referees were given more help from technology.

“For years now I keep saying the fourth official should sit in front of a monitor and tell the referee if it is no handball and no red card – like in Dortmund,” he told Kicker.

Uefa president Michel Platini has said that bringing in goal-line technology would be too expensive, but Heynckes does not understand why the footballing authorities are so against adapting the way the game is officiated.

He added: “It takes two or 10 seconds. I do not understand why there is such a lack of flexibility. They always say: It’s not possible. Of course it is.

“If a coach freaks out on the sideline, it is being communicated to the referee right away.”

Javi Martinez: I want to show I'm worth €40m

Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Martinez is determined to prove his worth and justify his hefty €40 million price tag.

The Spain international joined the Bavarians from Athletic Bilbao in the summer transfer window for a record fee, but has so far been unable to live up to the high expectations at Bayern.

Nevertheless, Martinez has stressed that his €40m price tag is not holding him back as it only motivates him to showcase what he can do.

“Athletic paid a lot of money for me, too. People think that I feel pressure to live up to my price tag, but it can also serve as a motivation. I want to show that I’m worth the money. It won’t be easy, but I’m motivated to do just that,” Martinez told Blickpunkt.

“I’m starting to feel better game by game. I’m not at 100 per cent yet, but things are heading in the right direction. Last season was very long and intensive.”

The 24-year-old has made 20 official appearances for Bayern so far.

Guardiola could struggle at Bayern, says Kahn

Oliver Kahn is unsure as to whether Pep Guardiola would be suited for the job as Bayern Munich coach due to his past at Barcelona.

The successful trainer is reportedly one of the candidates to replace Jupp Heynckes at the end of the 2012-13 campaign, but Kahn believes that the 41-year-old could struggle at the Bavarians if he were to join Bayern.

“Pep Guardiola is heavily influenced by Barcelona’s footballing culture. He didn’t just coach their first team and reserves, but also played there for 11 years during his active career. Not many clubs have such a strong own identity as Barcelona,” Kahn wrote in his column for Bild.

“It could be difficult for him to adapt to life at another club such as Bayern with his strong ties to Barcelona’s philosophy. I’m not only talking about the language barrier. Just remember what happened with Jurgen Klinsmann. The changes that he had planned didn’t go down well with the club.

“If Bayern were to go after Guardiola, they will both have to compromise. Why not a transitional year with both Heynckes and Guardiola? With Heynckes working in the background helping to smooth things over as Guardiola instills his philosophy.

“Courageous decisions and fresh ideas are needed in order to guide Bayern into a new era and set new standards in Europe.”

Guardiola is currently enjoying a one-year sabbatical after leaving Barcelona at the end of the 2011-12 campaign.

Bundesliga Team of the Week: Bayern march on with Ribery & Dante

The 16th matchday of the Bundesliga will go down as another fruitful one for Bayern Munich. With Borussia Dortmund, Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen all losing, the Bavarians pulled further away from their rivals, and now boast an 11-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.

In the final fixture before Christmas, they face Borussia Monchengladbach at home, and will be hopeful of securing yet another victory. And, unsurprisingly, two of their recent stars feature in Goal.com‘s best XI of the week.

In goal, we have Austria international Fabian Giefer, who may have conceded twice as Nurnberg ran out 2-0 winners over Fortuna Dusseldorf, but still made a number of key saves to make his third appearance of the season in our team of the week.

The back three is manned by three players from three different teams. Alvaro Dominguez helped Borussia Monchengladbach to a rare clean sheet against Mainz, while Naldo helped limit Dortmund’s all-star attack to two goals against Wolfsburg. Finally, we have Dante, who continued his excellent run of form with another brilliant performance for Bayern.

On the right-hand side of midfield, we have Markus Feulner, who returned from suspension to score one and set up another for Nurnberg, while two playmakers, Diego and Szabolcs Huszti, line up in the centre of the park thanks to their exploits for Wolfsburg and Hannover respectively. Finally, we have regular star Franck Ribery, who makes his ninth appearance of the season after another great showing for Bayern.

Up front, we have three goalscoring heroes. Artjoms Rudnevs found the net twice for Hamburg on Friday, Vedad Ibisevic scored a hat-trick for Stuttgart in their 3-1 demolition of Schalke, and Bas Dost scored the winner for Wolfsburg at the Westfalenstadion.

Messi breaks Muller's record of 85 goals in a calendar year

Lionel Messi has set a new record of 86 goals in a calendar year after surpassing Gerd Muller’s record of 85 strikes in Seville on Sunday night.

The Barcelona man achieved the feat with two fine strikes in the first half an hour against Betis, meaning he has notched up the tally of 86 in 66 games.

It took Muller just 60 appearances to set the previous record in 1972.

The Argentine started 2012 with two goals against Osasuna in the Copa del Rey, and regularly notched up doubles and trebles throughout the year for both club and country.

He scored exactly two goals on 20 occasions, and at least three strikes nine times, including a five-goal haul against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League.

Muller hit 42 Bundesliga goals in 34 outings to fire Bayern Munich to the German title in 1971-72 and eventually 1972-73, and he also played an integral role in West Germany’s European Championship victory. He scored five goals in the four finals games it took die Mannschaft to lift the trophy under the old format.

Muller was also boosted by Bayern’s run of 21 matches in 37 days during the traditional pre-season period. Due to the summer Olympics that year, the German domestic football season was pushed back until September 16, so a new competition – the DFB-Ligapokal (League Cup) – was hastily introduced to ward off rustiness.

Muller scored 12 goals in five games in that maiden campaign, while he scored 10 goals against Galatasaray and Omonia Nicosia in the opening stages of the old European Cup.