Gomez 'elated' to score in Bayern's 5-0 rout of Hannover

Mario Gomez has spoken of his delight at marking his return to the Bayern Munich first team with a goal in the 5-0 victory over Hannover on Saturday.

The Germany international sustained an ankle injury during pre-season and underwent surgery in September, forcing him to miss the first couple of months of the campaign.

However, the striker came off the bench to assist the Bavarians’ equaliser against Valencia in the Champions League in midweek, and rounded off the side’s most recent rout in the Bundesliga.

“It was incredible, I was really elated and I remembered how much football matters to me,” Gomez told reporters after the match.

Meanwhile, Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes hailed his team’s display, claiming they were a class above their opponents at the Allianz Arena and demonstrated an encouraging improvement in defence.

“It was a thoroughly deserved victory and we were top class because we were very assertive and aggressive from the start,” the veteran trainer said.

“We kept it tighter than we have done recently. We needed total concentration, especially in defence, but the team showed that brilliantly for 90 minutes.”

Captain Philipp Lahm also chimed in with a positive account of the German league leaders’ performance, adding: “We were very, very good today. We put them under pressure from the start and it was 3-0 at half-time, but even after that, we didn’t ease back.

“We can be very satisfied. We go to Freiburg on Wednesday with our usual target of winning, but we know it’s a difficult away match.

“We’ve always made hard work of our trip to Freiburg in recent years, so we’ll need to play focused football from the start, just like today.”

Gomez 'elated' to score on Bayern's 5-0 rout of Hannover

Mario Gomez has spoken of his delight at marking his return to the Bayern Munich first team with a goal in the 5-0 victory over Hannover on Saturday.

The Germany international sustained an ankle injury during pre-season and underwent surgery in September, forcing him to miss the first couple of months of the campaign.

However, the striker came off the bench to assist the Bavarians’ equaliser against Valencia in the Champions League in midweek, and rounded off the side’s most recent rout in the Bundesliga.

“It was incredible, I was really elated and I remembered how much football matters to me,” Gomez told reporters after the match.

Meanwhile, Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes hailed his team’s display, claiming they were a class above their opponents at the Allianz Arena and demonstrated an encouraging improvement in defence.

“It was a thoroughly deserved victory and we were top class because we were very assertive and aggressive from the start,” the veteran trainer said.

“We kept it tighter than we have done recently. We needed total concentration, especially in defence, but the team showed that brilliantly for 90 minutes.”

Captain Philipp Lahm also chimed in with a positive account of the German league leaders’ performance, adding: “We were very, very good today. We put them under pressure from the start and it was 3-0 at half-time, but even after that, we didn’t ease back.

“We can be very satisfied. We go to Freiburg on Wednesday with our usual target of winning, but we know it’s a difficult away match.

“We’ve always made hard work of our trip to Freiburg in recent years, so we’ll need to play focused football from the start, just like today.”

Bayern Munich 5-0 Hannover: Ruthless Bavarians run riot at the Allianz

Bayern Munich got back to winning ways by recording an efficient 5-0 victory over Hannover at the Allianz Arena.

The Bundesliga leaders mustered just six efforts on target in the first half, but nonetheless headed into the break with a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Javi Martinez, Toni Kroos and Franck Ribery had put them ahead.

Dante added a fourth on the hour mark, before the returning Mario Gomez completed his side’s ruthless rout with his first touch of the ball after being sprung from the bench.

Bayern wasted no time applying early pressure, and took the lead with only three minutes played. Long-range efforts from Mario Mandzukic and Thomas Muller had failed to trouble Ron Zieler, but the stopper was helpless when Javi Martinez spectacularly opened the scoring. The game’s first corner-kick saw the ball eventually come towards the Spaniard, who responded by acrobatically converting with an overhead effort.

The hosts continued to dictate proceedings and, an ambitious penalty appeal from Mame Diouf aside, had little trouble containing their seventh-placed visitors. Kroos came close to doubling his side’s lead twice in the matter of minutes, firing wide from distance before spurning a glorious close-range opportunity.

Hannover grew into the game as the first half wore on, and their first notable forward forays came midway through the first half. Diouf was correctly adjudged to be offside on a free kick, before Lars Stindl tested Manuel Neuer with a stinging drive.

Bayern maintained composure, however, and ruthlessly doubled their lead in the 24th minute. The Bavarians incisively played their way around the final third and eventually saw the ball come to skipper Philip Lahm on the right flank. The German sent a low delivery towards Kroos on the edge of the area and his compatriot finished with the most stylish of scissor-kicks.

Further misery was piled on Mirko Slomka’s men as half-time approached, with Ribery netting a confident third for his side in the 37th minute. Sloppy play in their own half from Hannover allowed Muller to pick up a stray ball and the German made no mistake to pick out the onrushing winger. The Frenchman then took a deft touch create space inside the area before lashing the ball past a stranded Zieler.

The Bavarians began the second half in a fashion similar to how they had ended the first, with their attacking quartet continuously probing the visiting back-line. Mandzukic was the first to get a sight of goal after the break on the end of a Muller delivery, while Kroos nearly set up the Croatian with a chipped cross shortly after.

Bayern were not to be denied a fourth, however, with Dante extending his side’s lead just past the hour mark. The Brazilian rose above the crowd to latch onto a free kick from Kroos, and coolly converted his header to open his scoring account for the season.

The profligate Mandzukic was taken off minutes later and star striker Gomez made a dream return from injury as he bagged his side’s fifth with his first sight of the ball. The Germany international’s threat had appeared to be waning as he vied for the ball with Karim Haggui, but the forward shrugged off the defender before clinically curling past Zieler into the far post.

Gomez could only strike straight at the keeper on the end of a Bayern counter minutes later, with Ribery making a mess of the subsequent rebound. The German was then nearly put in the clear by fellow substitute Xherdan Shaqiri, but Zieler was on hand to spare his side further blushes.

The comprehensive victory sees Bayern maintain strengthen their lead atop the league summit, while Hannover slip in their bid to secure European football.

Bayern need to play more aggressively against Hannover, says Heynckes

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has stressed that his team needs to adapt a fighting mentality when they face Hannover on Saturday.

The European vice-champions travelled to Nurnberg on last week but were only able to record a disappointing draw.

The 67-year-old believes that lack of aggression might have been the key problem against Dieter Hecking’s side, and plans to make the necessary changes ahead of the upcoming match.

“[We have to play] more aggressive again, play wider and quickly switch to a high tempo,” he told reporters at a press conference.

“[Hannover] will require everything from us.”

Heynckes went on to admit that the competition for a starting spot up front is causing a selection headache, but a good one to have.

“That is a luxury problem, which is wonderful,” he commented on the matter.

The coach also confirmed that France international Franck Ribery will likely make an appearance, having “trained tremendously”, despite playing through the pain barrier against Valencia on Tuesday.

Bayern currently hold an eight-point at the top of the Bundesliga.

Schweinsteiger: Bayern should not underestimate Hannover

Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has warned his team-mates not to underestimate Hannover ahead of Saturday’s Bundesliga encounter.

Hannover are trailing the Bavarians by 14 points in the league table, but Schweinsteiger feels that they are a team to be reckoned with, likening them to Germany’s national side.

“Hannover have really developed in recent years and play some very clever football,” Schweinsteiger was quoted as saying by Bild.

“They always wait for their opponents to charge forward, and then try to win the ball and launch a quick counterattack.

“Their style of play is quite similar to what Germany did at the 2010 World Cup. That’s how Hannover play. They have fast and technical players like [Jan] Schlaudraff who fit this style perfectly.”

Saturday’s encounter is scheduled to kick off at 15:30CET.