Martinez can't see with his left eye, confirms Heynckes

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has confirmed that Javi Martinez could not see with his left eye after a collision with Borussia Monchengladbach defender Martin Stranzl which saw him leave the pitch prematurely on Friday night.

The Spaniard was caught by the Austria international’s hand as the two challenged for the ball in the air after a corner, and the Bavarians quickly withdrew the player after assessing the damage sustained.

Heynckes refused to reveal the extend of the the injury, but admitted to reporters that the player “can’t see with his left eye”.

The midfielder was substituted right before the end of a first half in which his side had fallen behind to a penalty from Thorben Marx, only to ultimately salvage a draw courtesy of Xherdan Shaqiri.

It is not yet clear whether Martinez will recover in time to feature in the DFB Pokal clash with Augsburg on Tuesday night.

Heynckes 'very happy' despite Monchengladbach draw

Jupp Heynckes says he can have no complaints with the performance given by Bayern Munich in their 1-1 draw at home to Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga on Friday.

The visitors took a surprise lead at the Allianz Arena through Thorben Marx’s penalty in the first half, but the Bavarians rescued a point after the break when substitute Xherdan Shaqiri netted the equaliser on the hour mark.

However, according to the veteran trainer, it was the least his side deserved from the contest, claiming that they performed “outstandingly well” and were simply unfortunate not to have taken any of their chances.

“I am very happy, even though we only drew 1-1,” he told reporters. “We dictated the game for 90 minutes, especially in the second half. We played outstandingly well and did not give Borussia an opportunity to score.

“It was definitely not easy to defend against them, but I think that we deserved to win because of our second-half performance.”

Heynckes then reserved special praise for Gladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, whom he branded as the man of the match in Bavaria, but reiterated that his team could not have done much more to claim the victory.

“Ter Stegen was the best player on the pitch, he was outstanding,” he added.

We had a lot of chances, but we were not able to take them. We did not leak anything defensively. I can’t fault my team.”

Bayern Munich 1-1 Borussia Monchengladbach: Bavarians frustrated in final fixture before winter break

Bayern Munich battered Borussia Monchengladbach throughout their Bundesliga clash at the Allianz Arena on Friday night but the leaders were ultimately held to a 1-1 draw by their resilient visitors.

For a long time it appeared as if it might be one of those nights for the Bavarians, who fell behind midway through the first half to a disputed penalty from Thorben Marx. However, Xherdan Sharqiri netted his first Bundesliga goal to level matters just before the hour mark and the hosts looked certain to force a winner.

They were unable to do so, though, meaning Bayern failed to match their own record for the best first half of a Bundesliga season.

A home victory had looked inevitable right from the off, with Franck Ribery particularly prominent early on, the Frenchman causing all sorts of problems with his movement and quick feet.

However, the visitors weathered the early storm and then silenced the Allianz Arena by taking the lead against the run of play 21 minutes in.

Tolga Cigerci tried to dink the ball to the far post but his cross struck the arm of Boateng. The defender had turned his back on the ball but referee Tobias Welz pointed to the spot regardless and Marx drilled home the resulting penalty to put Monchengladbach a goal to the good.

Bayern were left enraged by the penalty decision but they channelled their aggression in the right way and set about peppering Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s goal with shots. The Monchengladbach pulled off a spectacular one-handed save to keep out Ribery’s drive from the edge of the area, though he was merely a spectator when Dante’s header from a corner clipped the top of the crossbar.

It had been an eventful few minutes for Dante, who had been on hand to clear off the line after Manuel Neuer had come running out of his area to intercept a long ball forward only to beaten to it by Cigerci.

However, even though Bayern looked vulnerable to the counterattack, Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes opted to make a very attacking substitution just before half-time, sending on Shaqiri in place of Javi Martinez.

The hosts looked even more menacing going forward as a result and they would have drawn level four minutes into the second half had Ter Stegen not reacted wonderfully well to get down to his left to keep out Bastian Schweinsteiger’s low shot, which seemed destined for the bottom corner.

Dante then went close once again with a header before Mario Gomez took over from Mario Mandzukic up front. However, it was the earlier substitution which reaped dividends moments later when Shaqiri beat Ter Stegen at the goalkeeper’s near post with a calm left-footed finish, after the Swiss had been the grateful recipient of Tony Jantschke’s horribly ill-advised pass across his own area.

Bayern spent the remaining 30 minutes pouring forward in search of a winner. Shaqiri went close to netting a second with a curling free kick before Ribery drew another flying save out of Ter Stegen with a sumptuously executed 25-yard volley.

However, Monchengladbach stood firm to claim a valuable point that keeps them firmly in contention for a European place, while their hosts were left to lament their failure to ensure that they will go into the winter break with a double-digit lead over second-placed Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund are the best teams in the world – Favre

Borussia Monchengladbach coach Lucien Favre feels that Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are the strongest teams in the game at present.

Favre’s men currently sit eighth in Bundesliga and are preparing for their trip to the Allianz Arena to face the Bundesliga table-toppers, a challenge the 55-year-old believes will be exceptionally difficult.

“For me, besides Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund, they [Bayern Munich] are among the best teams in Europe at the moment, if not the world,” the Swiss trainer told reporters.

“They have a great chance to redeem the championship title from Dortmund again this season,” he added.

Meanwhile, sporting director Max Eberl is confident of a good result, despite having to miss out on the services of Spanish defender Alvaro Dominguez, who is banned for a fifth yellow card.

“We must give everything to annoy the Bavarians once again. We are a tough team to beat,” he warned.

However, Die Roten‘s tactician Jupp Heynckes is also looking for success this weekend, hoping to expand their 11-point lead over second-placed Bayer Leverkusen.

“We want to end this year’s campaign in positive fashion. We want to continue our run, our form and our good display,” he said.

Monchengladbach versus Bayern Munich kicks off tonight at 20.30CET.

Bayern Munich players to receive record bonus

Bayern Munich players are to be rewarded with record bonuses if they beat Borussia Monchengladbach and FC Augsburg.

The Bavarian giants have been in stunning form so far this season, winning 13 of their 16 league games to leave them 11 points clear of second-placed Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga.

They also have set a new record by only conceding once in their eight league matches away from home.

Should they maintain their incredible start and defeat Gladbach on Friday, they will have recorded the best run of results for the first half of the season in Bundesliga history.

Jupp Heynckes’ side then face Augsburg in the German Cup on December 18 and should they win that match then a handsome bonus awaits the squad.

The players have already been given a generous financial reward for their triumph over Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup and also for finishing top of their Champions League group.

It was reported that this bonus was a five-figure number.