Bayern Munich 3-0 Augsburg: Resounding win for die Roten in Heynckes' final home game

Bayern Munich recorded the 28th win of their extraordinary Bundesliga season with a 3-0 victory over Bavarian rivals Augsburg.

Thomas Muller got the first goal of a slow, end of season encounter, heading home with just over 20 minutes to play and Xherdan Shaqiri made the points safe soon after before Luiz Gustavo added insult to injury just before full-time.

The first half was a drab affair. While Augsburg perhaps went into the clash expecting nothing, Bayern had a fairly slack attitude, with their title long since wrapped up and two finals on the horizon.

That said, the hosts could easily have gone ahead after just a matter of minutes. Arjen Robben’s cross found Muller, who got in a header, but Alex Manninger got himself behind the ball to make a point-blank block.

It was Augsburg who threatened next, with Tobias Werner latching on to a lofted through-ball, squaring up to Manuel Neuer, who got off his line brilliantly to narrow the angle and make the save.

Franck Ribery was looking ever-more dangerous down the Bayern left and left the visitors’ defence in pieces just before the 20-minute mark, firing in a great cross from the left which found Mario Mandzukic, who looked to have found the net, only for Manninger to keep the ball out with his face.

Bayern were dominating possession but Augsburg remained a threat on the break and could have had a penalty when Javi Martinez appeared to catch Ji Dong-Won just inside the box, but the referee waved away appeals, much to the relief of the Spaniard.

Ribery had an effort blocked just before the break as a workmanlike showing from the relegation candidates ensured parity at half-time.

Bayern went out with more intent after the interval and could have had two goals through Bastian Schweinsteiger within five minutes of the restart.

First, the Germany vice-captain bent a free kick over the wall but inches wide of Manninger’s post before he was picked out by Muller on the edge of the box and sent a shot straight at the former Juventus keeper.

At the other end, meanwhile, Markus Weinzierl’s side had a couple of sights of goal. Werner met a brilliant cross from Andre Hahn at the far post but sent his shot into the ground and over the bar.

Minutes later, Ji took a dig from distance which took a massive deflection off a Bayern defender but, with Neuer completely beaten, cannoned off the top of the bar when it looked to be heading in.

Despite Augsburg’s chances Bayern were looking to be more of a threat with every passing minute. Robben went on a trademark run into the box but could only shoot into the side-netting before a superb header from Ragnar Klavan denied Mandzukic a certain goal.

And the first goal finally arrived with 22 minutes to spare. An over-hit cross came to Dante on the left-hand side and the former Borussia Monchengladbach man whipped in a ball to Muller, who headed unmarked beyond Manninger.

Moments later, Ribery held off a couple of challenges as he ran into the box before squaring it to Shaqiri, who was able to turn and pass the ball into the bottom corner to wrap up the points.

The third duly arrived three minutes from time, with Ribery cutting it back for Luiz Gustavo on the edge of the box and the Brazilian drove an effort beyond Manninger, who got a hand to the ball but could not take the gloss off a resounding win.

Gotze edging closer to comeback ahead of Champions League final

The Germany international is set to make the next step in his recovery process as he targets a comeback before the Champions League final

Borussia Dortmund have announced that Mario Gotze is one step closer to making his comeback after a brief spell on the sidelines as he aims to be fully match-fit for the Champions League final against Bayern Munich on May 25.

The attacking midfielder sustained a hamstring injury in Dortmund’s 2-0 Champions League loss against Real Madrid two weeks ago and BVB initially feared that he could be out of action for the remainder of the season.

Nevertheless, Dortmund have now revealed that the Germany international will resume running exercises on Monday.

“Gotze, who’s currently putting in extra sessions on the treadmill in his rehab programme, is planning to start jogging again at the start of next week,” a statement on the BVB website reads.

The news of Gotze’s imminent return to individual training has been met with approval by head coach Jurgen Klopp, who’s keen to have the 20-year-old at his availability for the Champions League final.

“That would be just great, because then we would have him back in full training for a week and he would be available for us in the final.”

Gotze has been a key player for Dortmund this season, netting 16 goals in 44 appearances, but is set to depart in the summer to join rivals Bayern for €37 million.

Gotze would have joined Manchester City if he wanted money, says agent

The gifted youngster’s representative has made it clear that he could have made much more financially at last year’s English champions or another Premier League side

Mario Gotze’s agent Volker Struth has stressed that the Germany international’s decision to leave Borussia Dortmund for Bayern Munich this summer is not based on monetary reasons as, if that were the case, he would have joined Manchester City instead.

The 20-year-old rocked the Bundesliga last month when he announced that he will join the Bavarians this summer in a deal worth €37 million, but Struth has insisted that Gotze’s only moving for the challenge.

“He is only moving for sporting reasons. Mario is 20 years old and it should only be about football at that age,” Gotze’s representative told Bild.

“If it had only been about money, he would not have joined Bayern, but would have signed for Manchester City or another English side instead.

“It was not difficult for us to reject better offers. I believe that a move abroad was not the right move for him. Plus the Bundesliga is on its way to become the best league in the world again.

“I can understand that the Dortmund fans would rather have seen him leave the Bundesliga, but it’s better for German football that he stays here.”

Gotze is currently recovering from a thigh injury as he aims to be fit in time for the Champions League final against his future club on May 25.

Rummenigge: Bayern-Dortmund not like Clasicos

The former die roten player rejects the idea of games between Germany’s top two teams will court as much controversy as the biggest game in Spain

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has pleaded that Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund clashes do not become like Clasicos.

Barcelona and Real Madrid match-ups are famed for their hot-tempered atmospheres and wars of words before, during and after games.

This season’s Champions League finalists drew 1-1 in a Bundesliga tie last weekend and the pressure seemed to boil over at times during the feisty affair but the Bavarians’ CEO is keen to see the German rivalry remain civilised.

“Both clubs – Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich – have to make sure that we do not start to make the big German rivalry like it is in Spain,” the 57-year-old told Ruhr Nachrichten.

“We do well to approach our matches with a great seriousness and respect to the game’s history, and not to add fuel to the fire.”

The former West Germany international is optimistic ahead of the tie on May 25 but says Pep Guardiola, who takes over from Jupp Heynckes as head coach in mid-June, will not travel to the Wembley game to ensure the team stay focused on this season’s endeavours.

“He [Guardiola] does not want to come to the final,” he added. “Because he does not want his appearance to distract [Bayern] in any way.

“The team are full of confidence but we will also have a dash of humility in London. We know that this will be a very tough game.”

Bayern continue their build-up to the European showpiece event with a Bundesliga clash with Augsburg on Saturday.

Heynckes rejects Special One tag

The 68-year-old has played down comments made about him made by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, saying the likes of firefighters and carers do greater things than him

Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes has brushed aside comments made by CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, after the German legend described him as the club’s very own Special One, referencing Jose Mourinho’s famous self-description.

The Bavarian boss remains on track to taking his side to an unprecedented domestic treble this season, with the DFB-Pokal and Champions League finals on the horizon and the Bundesliga title already won with ease.

The 68-year-old German has played down Rummenigge’s comments, however, and said that public service men and women are the people who deserve such a tag.

“Other people are doing more special things than me,” he told reporters ahead of his side’s Bavarian derby against Augsburg on Saturday at the Allianz Arena.

“Carers, firefighters, ambulance workers, people who sacrifice themselves and soldiers in Afghanistan who have lost their lives or been injured in physically or mentally – these are special people.

“Sure, we have had a special season, which is very satisfying, but I have a more sophisticated view on life.”

Bayern take on Dortmund in the Champions League final at Wembley on May 25 before they face Stuttgart in the DFB-Pokal showcase on June 1 but, regardless of whether die Roten can become the first German team to complete such a treble, Heynckes will be replaced by Pep Guardiola at the end of the season.