Heynckes: Gomez & Robben must accept bench role

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has stressed that players such as Arjen Robben and Mario Gomez will have to accept that they are no longer undisputed starters.

Both attackers have lost their berths after lengthy spell on the sidelines due to injury, and the 67-year-old has no intention to make changes to his starting XI any time soon.

“All of them could play, all of them are totally motivated in training. We don’t just have 11 first-teamers, we have 20 good players,” he was quoted as saying on the club’s official website.

“I’m delighted with our strength in depth. It’s obviously a shame that I can’t play all the good players we have, but the players have to accept it. Victories are the priority.

“I won’t be making many changes at the moment. The team has to come together as a unit, and we have to keep winning. I refuse to take risks in the circumstances.”

Bayern sit first in the Bundesliga table with 48 point from 19 games.

Klopp: I will become Guardiola's new Mourinho

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp is looking forward to competing with new Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola, and is aiming to take Jose Mourinho’s place as the former Barcelona trainer’s nemesis.


The 42-year-old became arch rivals with the Portuguese between 2010 and 2012 as the Blaugrana fought out numerous heated battles with their old foes following the Portuguese coach’s arrival in the Spanish capital.

And Klopp is looking for a similar fierce rivalry with the future Bayern boss, only without the bad blood.

“I want to become Guardiola’s new Mourinho. We want to be an unpleasant opponent for Bayern in the next few years,” Klopp told Sport Bild.

If Pep Guardiola doesn’t like me during the game or because of the result, that’s not a problem.

“I do not believe that Pep has bad feelings toward his rivals, though. I think that I will get along very well with Pep. I have a good relationship with Mourinho as well.”

Guardiola recently signed a three-year deal with Bayern, starting at the end of this season.

Former Bayern Munich defender Breno to remain in prison

Former Bayern Munich defender Breno is set to remain in prison following the decision by the German Federal Court to reject proposals for his sentence to be revised.

The 23-year-old was sentened to three years and nine months in a German prison after setting fire to his Munich home in October 2011 while intoxicated.

On Monday, reports emanating from Germany suggested Breno’s lawyer had claimed his client was under the influence of potentially dangerous medication which could have caused the events which lead to his imprisonment.

The lawyer also claimed this information was not taken into consideration by the court prior to rejecting his appeal for a revised sentence, leading him to believe it constituted a formal error which would trigger an automatic revision of the sentence.

However, the court refused the assertion that a formal error had been made and will stand by the decision not to revise the defender’s sentencing.

The controversy has thrown Breno’s future career into doubt – in December, the defender signed a two-and-a-half year deal with Brazil side Sao Paulo.

The club released a statement and stressed that they would give the player “security, stability and, most of all, a perspective”.

Former Bayern Munich defender Breno set to remain in prison

Former Bayern Munich defender Breno is set to remain in prison following the decision by the German Federal Court to reject proposals for his sentence to be revised.

The 23-year-old was sentened to three years and nine months in a German prison after setting fire to his Munich home in October 2011 while intoxicated.

On Monday, reports emanating from Germany suggested Breno’s lawyer had claimed his client was under the influence of potentially dangerous medication which could have caused the events which lead to his imprisonment.

The lawyer also claimed this information was not taken into consideration by the court prior to rejecting his appeal for a revised sentence, leading him to believe it constituted a formal error which would trigger an automatic revision of the sentence.

However, the court refused the assertion that a formal error had been made and will stand by the decision not to revise the defender’s sentencing.

The controversy has thrown Breno’s future career into doubt – in December, the defender signed a two-and-a-half year deal with Brazil side Sao Paulo.

The club released a statement and stressed that they would give the player “security, stability and, most of all, a perspective”.

Ribery: Guardiola can do great things with Bayern Munich

Frank Ribery believes that Pep Guardiola will be able to do “great things” for Bayern Munich when he takes over next season.

The French winger says the former Barcelona trainer’s impending arrival shows just how big a club Bayern are and that they can attract anyone.

Ribery told radio station RMC: “I talked to Abidal about Guardiola. He is a great coach. We’ve seen him at Barca. I think we can do something with him. We can do great things with him. 

 “He knows the club, he trained here. He can do great things with different players. Anyway that proves that Bayern is a great club. Bayern can make anybody come and people know it.”

Ribery also spoke about the possibility of ending his career with the German league leaders.

He added: “Three years ago I had all the greats following me. There was Manchester United, Real Madrid, Chelsea. That was flattering, but I think I was right to have stayed. I think more and more about retiring here.”

And with the Champions League returning in February, Ribery indicated that despite Arsenal not being at their best, they are still a difficult opponent.

The 29-year-old said: “Bayern didn’t have an easy draw in Champions League. Even if Arsenal are not at the top in the league right now, they are still a great team and they can still play well.”