Heynckes delighted with 'confident' Bayern after win over Greuther Furth

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has described his side as “confident and smart” following their 3-0 victory over Greuther Furth on Saturday.

The Bundesliga giants registered an easy win at Trolli Arena, as a first-half Thomas Muller strike was added upon by debutant Mario Mandzukic and an own goal by Thomas Kleine in the second half.

Following the final whistle, the 67-year-old was quick to lavish praise on his players, telling Bayern’s official website: “We have played confident, smart and very clever football.

“We started slowly, but that of course is normal [so early on in the season]. To play against a newly-promoted side is not simple. But after we scored, we dictated the rhythm of the game and won deservedly.

“We have high expectations of this season; the team are highly motivated. We have worked very well, so the result is not a surprise for me today.”

Goalscorer Muller echoed his coach’s sentiments, but had words of congratulation for the opposition: “The first half was tough, as expected.

“Greuther Furth sit deep, and that caused us problems. After we went into the lead, the game went well. We are happy that we won our first game.”

Philipp Lahm, who was Goal.com‘s ‘Top of the Match’, too was keen to compliment his team-mates, but also had a word to say on the temperature during the game.

“We can be very satisfied: 3-0 away from home is a very, very good start. It was very hot today, especially in the first half; it’s not easy to play football in those conditions.

“I think that we are very neat in possession. Of course there is still a lot of room for improvement. It is important that we go forward with a positive attitude.”

Greuther Furth 0-3 Bayern Munich: Heynckes' men cruise to opening-day win

Greuther Furth were given a harsh introduction to life in the Bundesliga as they were beaten 3-0 by Bavarian rivals Bayern Munich at the Trolli Arena.

The Cloverleaves looked comfortable in large parts during their modern top-flight debut but their stern resistance was eventually broken by Thomas Muller before half time. The second period followed a similar pattern but Mario Mandzukic and an own goal from Thomas Kleine added a pair of strikes to give the scoreline a glossy finish.

In a low-key start Muller controlled a throw with his chest and hooked the ball to the back post with eight minutes on the clock. Mandzukic cushioned the cross and attempted an acrobatic effort but he failed to trouble Max Grun in the Furth goal.

From then on Bayern assumed total domination of the ball and a 13th-minute free kick from Heinrich Schmidtgal that missed the target was one of very few chances for the hosts.

Despite their retention of the ball Jupp Heynckes’ men were creating very little to worry their opponents. Furth were remaining compact and well organised, squeezing the space in which Die Roten could play the ball.

Nehrig and Schmidtgal were keeping things tight in the full-back positions for Furth but it was the defending from a set piece that let them down on the stroke of half time.

Dante’s header was cleared off the line by Schmidtgal but an unfortunate ricochet off of his team-mate Mergin Mavraj saw the ball drop at Muller‘s feet and he lashed it straight into the roof of the net.

The second half began in a similar manner, with Bayern dictating the play and Furth doing their best to contain the Bavarian giants. However, they could not last as long as they did in the first half and Bayern doubled their advantage on the hour mark.

Arjen Robben was slipped in behind the defensive line and after breaking into the box he sent a right-footed shot at Grun’s goal. The keeper managed to parry the effort to his side but Mandzukic was on hand to head the rebound into an empty net.

The Dutchman’s performance continued to improve and after being denied by a great save from Grun with 20 minutes remaining he assisted in adding a third.

After a swift break, Robben carried the ball into the left side of the area. He looked to send it to the far side but a deflection off of Kleine diverted the ball in at the near post to cap the victory.

Claudio Pizarro missed a golden chance to add the fourth but the result still sends Bayern top of the table on goal difference and they will take on Stuttgart in their next Bundesliga fixture.

Javi Martinez's parents urge Athletic Bilbao to agree Bayern sale

The parents of Javi Martinez have urged Athletic Bilbao to let their son join Bayern Munich.

The Bundesliga giants have been constantly linked with a move for the Spain international over the summer, but the Basque side’s president Josu Urrutia has remained firm in his belief that the 23-year-old will only move for €40 million.

That fee, which meets Martinez’s release clause, has proved too much for the Bavarians, but, according to German newspaper Bild, the player’s parents have now implored Bilbao to let their child departed for Germany.

President Urrutia, however, has remained steadfast in holding out for €40m, telling Basque TV station ETB: “We rely on our players from an early age, we want them to try and end their careers here.

“We do not do business with our players. It is a part of our history. In order for a player to leave Bilbao, he has to resolve his contractual arrangements.”

Bayern president Uli Hoeness has stayed firm on the other hand, saying: “A normal market value of Martinez is only €20-25 million.”

Heynckes hints at Bayern exit

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has hinted that he could leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season.

The 67-year-old took over the reins at the Allianz Arena in 2011 after Louis van Gaal’s exit, and led the club to a Champions League final in May, only to see his side lose to Chelsea.

However, he has now admitted that his age means that he will most likely leave the club in 2013, with the board set to look for a younger option.

“Let’s be honest, I have a two-year contract which ends on June 30 2012,” he explained to Suddeutsche Zeitung. “And then another stage of life comes to an end. I am no long 37-years-old.

“Ultimately, it’s also whether they want a young or an old coach here. At Bayern one thing is important: success.”

Several names have been linked with the job, and it was revealed in June that the Bavarians had already made an approach for former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola.

Lucien Favre, who led Borussia Monchengladbach to a fourth-placed Bundesliga finish last season, has reportedly been a long-term target for the club, but signed a new contract with his current employers in July.

Meanwhile, Bayern legend Franz Beckenbauer has admitted that he expects his former side to make a move for 38-year-old coach Thomas Tuchel.

“I imagine that [president Uli] Hoeness would consider him,” he commented to Sport1.

Heynckes, who has had two previous stints with Bayern has also coached the likes of Real Madrid, Schalke and Borussia Monchengladbach.

Lahm looks ahead to 'vital' Bundesliga opener against Greuther Furth

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm has looked to invigorate his team-mates ahead of the opening game of the season by claiming that the side must beat Greuther Furth.

The Germany international captained the Bavarians to second in the Bundesliga last season, but having seen their failure to overcome the challenge of Borussia Dortmund for the past two campaigns, the defender is now keen to wrestle back the league title.

“We have failed to win the league for two years, this year we want to focus on the Bundesliga and being Champions again,” Lahm told reporters.

Ahead of Saturday’s clash, Manuel Neuer echoed his captain’s sentiment, adding: “We will look to beat Greuther Furth on Saturday.

“We know that we need to start well, that we need three points from the opening game. We want to show everyone, from the outset that we are strong.

“We have to prove that we are the number one team in Germany.”