Heynckes delighted with Bayern Munich squad depth

Jupp Heynckes has voiced his delight at the abundance of options available to him as Bayern Munich coach, and believes that rotation and added competition could prove the key to Bundesliga glory.

Die Roten have brought in Xherdan Shaqiri, Javi Martinez, Mario Mandzukic and Claudio Pizarro among others this season, and have made a flying start to the league season.

And the 67-year-old coach spoke of an exchange with Arjen Robben ahead of the 6-1 thrashing of Schalke on Sunday to reflect his confident mood for the campaign ahead.

“Arjen came and said: ‘Boss, I’m not feeling great. We have such a good team and so many players. It’s better if someone who’s 100 percent fit and capable plays instead of me’,” he told reporters.

The Netherlands international winger was consequently rested and Thomas Muller, who was introduced in his place, scored twice and assisted a further two.

“It was a real delight. It reflects the spirit in this team, and I thought it was first-class,” Heynckes continued.

“The players respect the fact that others will play for 20 or 25 minutes, or from the start.”

Muller, who may find his place under threat this season following the arrival of Shaqiri, spoke of the challenges that he faces over the course of the season.

“There was already competition, but it’s even fiercer now,” Muller said. “I’m delighted I’m up to three goals after two matches. I needed a lot longer than that last season.

“It’s simple: there are lots of good players at Bayern, so you always have to state your credentials. But despite that, we’re all enjoying it.”

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is one of the players least likely to be rotated, but he also believes that the extra competition for places could help Bayern steal the league title away from Borussia Dortmund.

“It may well be that this brings us the couple of per cent we lacked last year,” he added.

Bayern Munich currently sit top of the Bundesliga table having achieved maximum points from their opening two games, scoring nine goals in the process.

Dortmund striker Lewandowski open to Bayern move

Borussia Dortmund attacker Robert Lewandowski has admitted that he would be open to a move to Bayern Munich if the opportunity arises.

The Poland international was linked with the Bavarians earlier this year, but a transfer never materialised as they opted to sign Mario Mandzukic from Wolfsburg instead.

Nevertheless, Lewandowski has refused to rule out a move to the Allianz Arena side in the future.

“I do not know what will happen after this season. I can not and will not rule anything out. That would not be professional,” Lewandowski stated to Sport Bild.

“Bayern Munich? They are always an interesting option and one you can not just ignore. They are such a big club.

“However, I am completely focused on Borussia Dortmund for now.”

Lewandowski has a contract with Bayern until June 2014.

Robben is an individualist rather than a leader, says Sammer

Bayern Munich director Matthias Sammer believes that Arjen Robben is more of an individualist than a born leader, but feels the Dutchman could have an important role to play for the Bavarians.

The winger recently stated that he is ready to take on more responsibilities at Bayern, and although the 44-year-old sees Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer as the Bundesliga giants’ three biggest personalities, he is adamant that the former Chelsea winger has a role to play as well.

“There are three types of players: leaders, team players and individualists. When you have to characterise Robben, he is really more of an individualist,” Sammer was quoted as saying by Sport1.

“He is definitely a player who can do something extraordinary for our team with his free spirit and his footballing philosophy.

“He knows how to behave in certain situations and knows when it’s time to step up and speak his mind. So he does have leadership skills, too.

“Lahm, Neuer and Schweinsteiger are Bayern’s three main leaders. These three should not be the only ones with a key role, though, but should also get other important players involved.”

Robben joined Bayern from Real Madrid in the summer of 2009, and has since developed into a key player for the Allianz Arena side.

Dante has not shown Bayern quality yet, says Jurgen Kohler

Germany legend Jurgen Kohler has doubts as to whether Dante has what it takes to succeed at Bayern Munich following his summer move from Borussia Monchengladbach.

The former Roten, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund defender feels the Brazilian is a decent player, but stressed that he remains unproven at the highest level.

“I find Bayern’s situation in defence very interesting, the two centre-back positions in particular,” Kohler wrote in his column for TZ.

“This is not their best area in my opinion. Dante is certainly not a bad player, but Bayern are aiming high in Europe, and it remains to be seen whether he has the quality to succeed at the highest level.”

The 28-year-old defender featured for the full 90 minutes in Bayern’s opening two Bundesliga games.

Heynckes must never doubt my loyalty, insists Matthias Sammer

Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer has declared that coach Jupp Heynckes must never doubt his loyalty amid speculation over his role at the club.

The new addition to the Bavarians’ board of directors has been at the heart of controversy embroiling him and the team’s trainer over his insistence of sitting on the bench during games.

However, the 44-year-old was adamant that he is merely an observer and revealed that there is no hidden agenda to his decision.

“We will have tests, we will talk, we will also have different opinions. It will be difficult at times, but Jupp Heynckes must never doubt my loyalty,” Sammer stated to Bild.

“Sometimes, people try to damage our relationship. I know that Jupp Heynckes  expects total loyalty from me. Of this he can be sure.”

The 67-year-old’s current contract is due to expire at the end of the season, but while Sammer admitted they are monitoring other options, it is merely a process of being prepared.

“Why should we determine now what will happen at the season’s end? I talk to him about things beyond 2013, after 2014. The day of decision comes. And it is Jupp Heynckes’ decision,” he continued.

“Of course, it may not happen to us, that we eventually stand surprised and unprepared. Therefore we monitor [coaches] and start thinking, as with players also.

“Today I will not speak at all about this case, if and when Heynckes maybe, possibly, potentially stops. But of course he will be at some point involved in any plans [for a replacement].

“Whether we address this issue now, in 2013 or 2014 or 2015, we will discuss this with Jupp Heynckes.