Bayern Munich 2-0 Hoffenheim: Ribery double enough for the Bavarians

Franck Ribery grabbed both goals as Bayern Munich bounced back from their defeat at the hands of BATE Borisov in the Champions League to record a routine 2-0 victory over Hoffenheim.

The hosts controlled the match throughout, and the Frenchman was on hand to open the scoring just before the 20 minute mark. He finished the job with a strike in the second period to wrap the three points for the Bavarians.

In the first minutes, Bayern immediately got to business, with Ribery finding some space on the left-hand side of the box and flashing a ball across the face of goal which no-one was able to turn in.

However, with the memories of a 7-1 drubbing at the Allianz Arena in March still fresh, Hoffenheim were resolute in defence and were fairly successful in limiting the Bavarians’ chances.

A Thomas Muller cross was hastily hacked over Koen Casteels’ bar by Daniel Williams, but soon enough, the hosts would finally find the opener.

Muller brilliantly fed Ribery, who turned Andreas Beck with some fine footwork, before firing a strike between Casteels’ legs to net his first of the season.

Despite, going ahead, Bayern were still having problems converting their dominance into clear-cut chances. A Toni Kroos volley has deflected behind for a corner, from which Mario Mandzukic headed over.

Dante, of all people, then found himself in an advanced position, but his cut-back from the byeline was slightly out of Ribery’s path. The Frenchman then exchanged passes with Bastian Schweinsteiger and charged forward, but rather than testing Casteels, dragged an effort a couple of yards wide of the post.

At the other end, meanwhile, the only time the dominated visitors came close to threatening Jupp Heycnkes’ side was when Manuel Neuer charged out of his goal to head away a chipped pass, only for the ball to fall behind Joselu, despite an unfortunate deflection off Jerome Boateng.

After their modest first-half efforts, Bayern returned after the break with renewed vigour, and within two minutes of the restart, they were two ahead.

Kroos failed to make meaningful contact with a cross from the right, but recovered to prod the ball into Ribery‘s path, and the former Marseille winger duly swept the ball into the top corner.

Bayern were cruising now, and threatened to register a third when the Frenchman charged into the area once more, but failed to pick out Kroos.

Then Xherdan Shaqiri’s quick footwork was followed by a ferocious right-footed shot which was deflected behind for a corner which Javi Martinez failed to make contact with, despite being well-stationed.

The Spaniard was then within inches of notching his first goal in a Bayern shirt, but saw Shaqiri’s cross sail past him, and made his frustration clear by kicking the woodwork.

Hoffenheim finally registered an effort in the 76th minute when Beck shot from all of 30 yards, but the strike was plucked out of the air with ease by Neuer.

But the match had long ceased to be a contest, and Bayern were able to able to make it seven wins from as many Bundesliga games this season.

Heynckes: Bayern must return to winning ways

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has demanded a response from his team in Saturday’s Bundesliga match against Hoffenheim after their shock defeat against BATE Borisov in midweek.

The German giants were surprisingly beaten 3-1 by the Borisov side in Tuesday’s Champions League encounter, and Heynckes is determined to put it behind them.

“We need to get back to winning ways and replicate the things that made us strong,” Heynckes stated at a press conference.

“My players know what was lacking against BATE. We have to improve our pressing game and switching between defence and attack. I’m confident the team will do just that.

“Hoffenheim have recovered their confidence and poise, they get the ball forward very quickly from defence, and on top of all that, they have some very good players.”

Saturday’s meeting kicks off at 15:30CET.

Rummenigge: Bayern Munich must respond against Hoffenheim

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says his side must bounce back in Saturday’s clash with Hoffenheim, after their shock 3-1 defeat at BATE Borisov.

Die Roten had been victorious in nine consecutive games in all competitions prior to Tuesday’s clash, and Rummenigge believes the Bundesliga tie can provide the perfect opportunity for his team to get back to winning ways.

“I think it’s crucial that we don’t allow this defeat to throw us off course,” the former West Germany international was quoted as saying by Bundesliga.com.

“It’s important that we respond immediately against Hoffenheim on Saturday, go full throttle once again and show our Bundesliga rivals that Bayern may have lost, but we aren’t down and out.”

Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes could be set to welcome back David Alaba at the Allianz Arena, but star wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are injured and doubtful, respectively, through injury.

Goalkeeper Tom Starke, meanwhile, warned the 22-time Bundesliga champions from underestimating his former side.

“They made a poor start, but they’ve begun to recover with seven points from the last three matches, which is a good effort,” said the 31-year-old, who moved from 1899 in the summer transfer window.

Hoffenheim trainer Markus Babbel said he hoped his side continued their recent progress, however.

“It’s important that we continue along our current path,” said the 40-year-old, adding that his team were trying their best to ‘prepare as usual’ following winger Boris Vukcevic’s hospitalisation after a serious car accident.

“Confidence and hope is the over-riding factor,” he added. “We’ve got to go about our daily routine somehow.”

Lattek: Sammer & Heynckes can not work together

Former Bayern Munich coach Udo Lattek believes that it is a matter of time before the conflict between current coach Jupp Heynckes and sporting director Matthias Sammer gets out of hand.

The sporting recently publicly criticised Bayern, resulting in an angry reaction from the veteran trainter, and Lattek believes the two are both too dominant to successfully work together.

“It is to be expected that there will be more trouble in the not too distant future. Sammer and Heynckes are both selfish people, something that’s crucial for a coach,” he was quoted as saying by Bild.

“However, normally, this situation will not work for too long. They are both alpha-males who want things to go their way.

“It would surprise me if things did not go wrong shortly. I really hope this will not happen, though. There’s still plenty of time to repair all of this.”

Bayern are currently preparing for the Bundesliga match at home against Hoffenheim.

Bayern Munich – Hoffenheim Preview

Neuer

Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Badstuber
Martinez, Schweinsteiger
Robben, Kroos, Ribery
Mandzukic
HOFFENHEIM
Roma

Casteels

Beck, Delpierre, Compper, Johnson
Williams, Rudy
Volland, Firmino, Usami
Derdiyok

Bayern will be able to welcome back Arjen Robben, who missed last week’s win over Werder Bremen, and the Champions League loss to BATE with a muscular problem. The Dutchman should displace Thomas Muller on the right wing, with Toni Kroos continuing in the No.10 role. You can bet on our team via http://topbet.eu/sportsbook if you believe that we can win this match.

However, long-term absentees David Alaba and Mario Gomez are still working their way back to fitness after their respective pre-season foot and ankle injuries, allowing Holger Badstuber to keep his place at left-back and Mario Mandzukic to start up front, despite Claudio Pizarro featuring against Werder Bremen.

Injuries and suspension, meanwhile, have plagued Hoffenheim coach Markus Babbel in a difficult start to the new Bundesliga season. Goalkeeper Tim Wiese, and defensive duo Chris and Matthias Jaissle are all injured. Koen Casteels will continue in the former Germany keeper’s stead, while Andreas Beck, Mathieu Delpierre, Marvin Compper and Fabian Johnson will form the back four.

Boris Vukcevic is still in a coma after his tragic car crash last week, and Sejad Salihovic is suspended after being sent off for a vicious foul in the match against Augsburg, with Roberto Firmino lining up in his place. Eren Derdiyok could return and replace Joselu as the lone striker.

  • Jupp Heynckes’ side bounced back from a disappointing loss – to Bayer Leverkusen – in this fixture last season, with Arjen Robben netting a double.
  • Having lost all three of their first Bundesliga games, Hoffenheim are now unbeaten in the last three, winning twice and drawing once.
  • Current Rhein Neckar Arena boss Markus Babbel (pictured, right) represented Bayern during his playing career. The former right-back made 182 Bundesliga appearances for die Roten across two spells in the 1990s, and finally left the Allianz Arena for Liverpool in 2000.
  • Takashi Usami spent last season on loan at the Allianz Arena, but having failed to break into Jupp Heycnkes’ first team, sealed another loan move to Germany from Gamba Osaka. He has scored two Bundesliga goals in six games for his current side.