Window Shopping: Bayern Munich could move to replace injured Badstuber in January

After chasing the heels of Borussia Dortmund for two seasons running in the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich heavily invested this summer, with the likes of Javi Martinez and Mario Mandzukic arriving at Allianz Arena.

Subsequently, Jupp Heynckes’ men find themselves nine points clear of second-place Dortmund in the German top flight and, with an already fantastic squad assembled in Munich, it is unlikely that there will be any wholesale changes at the club.

One area in which the Bavarians may look to strengthen is defence, particularly with Holger Badstuber set to miss the rest of the season after tearing his cruciate ligament at the start of December.

Join our panel as takes a look at what Bayern must do to cement their dominance in Germany this season and also the Bundesliga’s superiority over the Premier League.

Gomez: Winning titles is all that matters to Bayern

Bayern Munich forward Mario Gomez has stressed that winning titles is the only thing that matters to him and his team-mates this season.

The Bavarians suffered agony last season, narrowly missing out on both domestic trophies along with the Champions League, and the 27-year-old says the squad is determined to put it right in the current campaign.

“Of course, last season was a big disappointment,” he told Kicker. “As with every one of us, I have the desire this year to be champions.”

Gomez went on to add that his own personal scoring record in Europe last season counts for nothing, as they were not able to get their hands on the trophy.

“Before me, only Ruud van Nistelrooy and Lionel Messi managed twelve goals in a Champions League season. But all this does not replace a championship and a trophy.

“So, the only thing that counts for me this season is becoming champions. “

Injury and the form of Mario Mandzukic have left Gomez playing more of a bit-part role this season at the Allianz Arena, but the Germany international revealed he understands he will have to spend his share of time on the bench due to the strength in depth of Jupp Heynckes’ side.

“Our squad is so strong,” the 27-year-old added. “Only Barcelona are still ahead of us.

“I can live with the fact that I won’t play every game between now and the end of the season. We have three top strikers who have all the right to play. I’m one of those three forwards.”

Bundesliga Team of the Week: Gotze & Hummels help Dortmund bounce back

What a year it’s been. We’ve had our final dose of Bundesliga action for 2012, and matchday 17 did not disappoint as Borussia Monchengladbach continued their good form against Bayern Munich by drawing 1-1 at the Allianz Arena and Borussia Dortmund brilliantly beat Hoffenheim 3-1.

The big news of the weekend came at the Veltins Arena, though, where Schalke were beaten 3-1 by Freiburg, leading the club’s hierarchy to dispense with the services of Huub Stevens. Despite that though, there were plenty of glittering performances from Germany and was on hand to rate all the talent and pick out the best XI from this week.

In goal, we have Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who made a string of fine saves for Gladbach at Bayern on Friday as Lucien Favre’s side claimed a credible point.

Protecting his goal are Vegar Eggen Hedenstad, who helped keep Schalke’s all-star front line quiet and put the final nail in the coffin of Stevens’ rein, and Dante, again on song for Bayern against his old club. The back line is completed by Mats Hummels, who marked his 24th birthday with a fine showing for Dortmund.

Another Freiburg star to make the cut (despite his eventual red card) is midfielder Jan Rosenthal, who scored twice at the Veltins Arena. Alongside him, we have Mario Gotze, who opened the scoring with a fine shot, Pirmin Schwegler, who helped Frankfurt beat Wolfsburg, and Nicolai Muller, who notched twice for Mainz against Stuttgart.

Two Leverkusen stars are part of our front three: Andre Schurrle, who scored one of their goals against Hamburg, and Stefan Kiessling, the scorer of the other two. Finally, we have Xherdan Shaqiri, who equalised for Bayern on Friday.

Augsburg – Bayern Munich Preview: Heynckes' side looking to maintain unbeaten record against Bavarian rivals

Bayern Munich will make it 13 games without defeat if they can overcome Bavarian rivals Augsburg in the last 16 of the DFB-Pokal at the SGL Arena.

Jupp Heynckes may have to play without club record signing Javi Martinez when they make the short trip to Augsburg. The Spanish midfielder lost sight in one eye following a collision with Martin Stranzl during Friday’s 1-1 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach and subsequently Luiz Gustavo may come into the side.

After seven games without a goal, Mario Mandzukic is danger of losing his spot in the starting XI to Mario Gomez who will be pressing for a chance to lead the line from the off once more.

Having been beaten 2-0 by die Roten in the Bundesliga earlier this month, coach Markus Weinzierl is unlikely to make too many changes to his line-up, with Sascha Molders leading the line and Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker partnering Ragnar Klavan in the centre of defence.

  • Makus Weinzierl (pictured right), coach of Tuesday’s hosts, spent four years with FCB but failed to make a first-team appearance.
  • Following a 1-1 draw with bottom club Greuther Furth at the weekend, Augsburg sit 10 points from safety in the Bundesliga.
  • Bayern Munich are the most successful club in the DFB-Pokal, accumulating a total of 15 title wins since their first in 1957.
  • Die Roten will be keen to lift the trophy again after end last season’s competition with a humiliating 5-2 final defeat to Borussia Dortmund.
  • Jupp Heynckes’ men have totalled eight goals without reply in the previous two rounds of the tournament.

Benzema named French Footballer of the Year

Karim Benzema has been named the French Footballer of the Year for 2012 ahead of Franck Ribery and a host of others, repeating his success of twelve months ago.

The Real Madrid striker enjoyed an excellent 2011-12 season, scoring 21 times in La Liga as Los Blancos sealed a league championship, and spoke of his pride when collecting his award from Zinedine Zidane in Madrid.

“I am proud and happy that this will please my family,” the 24-year-old France international said in a message to the award show on Telefoot, which he did not attend.

Benzema beat Champions League runner-up, Bayern Munich star Ribery into second place, whilst Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris came third, Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud fourth, and Mathieu Valbuena of Marseille completed the top five.

Rene Girard, who led Montpellier to its first Ligue 1 championship last season, was named coach of the year with Francis Gillot of Bordeaux in second, just ahead of Olympique Lyonnais trainer Remi Garde.