Muller: Bayern can't afford early season slip-ups

The Germany international is aware of the high expectations at the club ahead of the new season, with a Bundesliga opener against Borussia Monchengladbach to come on Friday

Thomas Muller realises Bayern Munich will not be forgiven for any early season slip-ups under new coach Pep Guardiola as the club are always expected to win.

Bayern entertain Borussia Monchengladbach in a Bundesliga curtain-raiser on Friday, with fans’ expectations raised following the acquisition of Guardiola and midfielders Thiago Alcantara and Mario Gotze to a side already brimming with talent.

The Allianz Arena outfit won a historic treble under Jupp Heynckes last term and the 23-year-old attacker is under no illusions of what is expected of him and the club this year.

“I am really looking forward to the start of the Bundesliga season, just like everybody else in Germany,” Muller was quoted as saying by Bild

“The expectations are always high and that will not be any different this season. Winning is all that matters at Bayern.

“We want to live up to the expectations and will always try to win.

“Games against Gladbach are never easy. They are organised very well. We will have to give our all if we are to win.”

Bayern beat Gladbach 5-1 in a pre-season friendly earlier this summer.

Rummenigge: Mandzukic and Lewandowski could play together

The Bavarians’ chief has fuelled speculation the Poland international will move to the Allianz Arena, while revealing Luiz Gustavo will be allowed to leave

Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has all but confirmed the club will sign Robert Lewandowski next summer after claiming Mario Mandzukic could play alongside him in 2014.

The Borussia Dortmund man looked set to move to the Allianz Arena this summer, but with Jurgen Klopp standing firm and insisting the Poland international sees out the remainder of his contract at Signal Iduna Park, any move is curently on hold.

But Rummenigge has now admitted the Poland international could partner Mandzukic at Bayern further down the line, after confirming the Croatia international will not be leaving the club.

“Mario Manduzkic is a very important player for Bayern Munich,” he told Sport1.

“We are very satisfied with his attitude and work rate for the team.

“Perhaps in the future they [Mandzukic and Lewandowski] may even play together.”

The 57-year-old Germany legend also spoke about Guardiola, saying he feels he can deal with the obvious pressure on his shoulders.

“At Bayern, the coach always has pressure on him,” he continued.

“Maybe the pressure on Pep Guardiola is even bigger than usual, but I do not feel he will a problem dealing with it.”

Finally, Rummenigge spoke about the size of Bayern’s squad – which contains 18 full internationals – and says only Luiz Gustavo will be allowed to depart.

“Luiz Gustavo is the only player we are willing to get rid of,” he added.

“Other than him we will not sell any other players. We are playing in the Bundesliga, Champions League and Club World Cup, so we need a big squad.”

Bayern open their Bundesliga campaign on Friday evening against Borussia Monchengladbach at Allianz Arena, as they look to build upon their historic, treble-winning campaign under Jupp Heynckes last season.

Schweinsteiger shouldn't have won Player of the Year, says Van der Vaart

The 30-year-old believes one of two other high profile candidates were more deserving winners, while claiming Bayern Munich’s second XI would win the Bundesliga

Hamburg midfielder Rafael van der Vaart says Franck Ribery or Marco Reus should have been named Germany’s Footballer of the Year and not Bastian Schweinsteiger.

The Bayern Munich man was given the award last month, with the decision raising several eyebrows amid suggestions the 29-year-old had not done enough across the entire campaign to win the prize.

And Van der Vaart believes two other high profile candidates were far more deserving of the accolade on the back of their performances in 2012-13.

“Schweinsteiger is obviously a top player, but I would’ve chosen either Marco Reus or Franck Ribery. I like them both very much,” he told Bild.

The 30-year-old former Tottenham man added his belief that Bayern will retain their Bundesliga crown at a canter, claiming they could still lift the title even if they fielded a virtual second string side.

“Bayern Munich have a squad full of Galacticos,” Van der Vaart told Bild.

“I think that even the B-team of Bayern would have a great opportunity of winning the league.”

The Dutchman then spoke about the delight it would bring him if Hamburg were win their first German trophy in 26 years this season.

“If we won I would clean the entire trophy cabinet in the HSV museum and polish all the existing trophies to a high gloss,” he said.

“We might not be the best team in the country but why not win a trophy? Stuttgart reached the DFB-Pokal final last season and proved there is a chance.”

Van der Vaart joined Hamburg in 2012, having spent another spell there between 2005 and 2008.

At international level he has made 105 appearances for the Netherlands, scoring 23 times.

Sammer: Bayern want five titles

The former Germany international is full of ambition ahead of the 2013-14 season and wants to win each and every competition up for grabs

Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer has made it clear that the Bavarians want to do even better than last season and win five trophies this term.

The reigning Bundesliga champions were beaten 4-2 by Borussia Dortmund in the DFL Supercup earlier this summer, but they are determined to emerge victorious in the remaining five competitions they participate in.

“We want to win the treble again this season. And on top of that we want the European Supercup and the Club World Cup as well,” Sammer told Sport Bild.

“Whether we will actually succeed in doing so is a completely different matter, though.

“I don’t understand why people are questioning Bayern’s motivation. We are starting from scratch again. If we didn’t have the desire to be successful, we would not be worthy of working for Bayern.

“Everybody must ask himself again and again whether they are willing to give their all.”

Bayern kick off the 2013-14 Bundesliga campaign with a home game against Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday.

Transfer Talk: Suarez bites back – but will Bale and Rooney follow his lead?

Nat Coombs, Greg Stobart and Ugo Ehiogu discuss the major talking points from the summer market, as tensions mount in London, Liverpool and Manchester

Wantaway Luis Suarez has lashed out at Liverpool for failing to keep their word, as the transfer pressure cooker threatens to erupt.

The Uruguayan’s latest outburst comes as a stark contrast to fellow headliners Wayne Rooney and Gareth Bale, who, so far, have yet to go on record with a desire to leave this summer. But is it a question of when, rather than if, they will follow suit?

Meanwhile, Barcelona are looking at defensive options after being told Thaigo Silva is not for sale. Could David Luiz or Daniel Agger be making the move to Camp Nou? And will Manchester United ever sign that much-craved central midfielder?

Joining Nat Coombs are Goal correspondent Greg Stobart and former Aston Villa and England defender Ugo Ehiogu.

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