Ribery: Bayern more important to me than France

Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has revealed club football is more important to him than playing for the France national team.

The 29-year-old starred in the German side’s stunning 6-1 win over Lille in midweek, before netting in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.

Ribery remarked that he is thoroughly enjoying his time at the Allianz Arena, where he has been since moving from Marseille in 2007.

“I have been at Bayern for six years,” the winger told Bild.

“Here, it is always good. Here I am happy and it’s fun. It is more important to me than the national team.”

Ribery has been called up to les Bleus squad to face Italy on Wednesday. Kick-off for the international friendly is at 20:50 CET.

'You can't always score six goals' – Heynckes

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has admitted that his side were made to work hard for a 2-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

The Bavarians have been in rampant form of late and thrashed Lille 6-1 in the Champions League in midweek, but the 67-year-old has warned fans to expect some gritty wins too.

“It was a hard-fought victory against a very good team,” he was quoted as saying on the club’s official website.

“We didn’t look determined enough, particularly in the first half, and Frankfurt played good football and were full of running.

“It’s hard to re-focus after the Champions League. You can’t always score six goals and play superb football. But we showed that we’re capable of the right reaction in a difficult situation.

“In that sense, the team were excellent. We made the most of our experience and intelligence.”

Franck Ribery opened the scoring shortly before the break also stated that his side’s sluggish performance could have been down to fatigue.

“Playing three days doesn’t make things easy, and that was the case today,” he said. “Frankfurt were fresher. But we had lots of chances and should have taken the lead earlier.

“Winning today was important because we’re on international duty now.”

Bayern Munich 2-0 Eintracht Frankfurt: Ribery & Alaba on target as leaders maintain momentum

Bayern Munich remain seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga after a 2-0 win over in-form Eintracht Frankfurt at the Allianz Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The Bavarians opened the scoring through Franck Ribery right at the end of an open and absorbing first half and although Anderson Bamba headed against the bar for the visitors, Jupp Heynckes’ men ultimately doubled their advantage when David Alaba converted a controversial penalty on 76 minutes.

Bayern had begun the game brightly, as if intent to put the upstarts from Frankfurt firmly in their place. Indeed, the hosts could have been ahead inside eight minutes, Toni Kroos breaking down the left-hand side before dragging a ball across the six-yard box which a stretching Arjen Robben managed to get on the end of but could only divert into the side netting.

An offside Claudio Pizarro then stupidly got in Alaba’s way after the Austrian had been slipped in on goal by Ribery. Alaba then tested Kevin Trapp with a well-struck free kick before Ribery was presented with a golden opportunity to open the scoring 26 minutes in.

Pizarro held the ball up well before feeding the supporting Kroos, who played a sublime first-time ball over the top for Ribery. The Frenchman did almost everything right but Pratt managed to keep out his low strike with his outstretched left leg.

Perhaps buoyed by that let-off, Frankfurt began to impose themselves on the proceedings and Stefan Aigner, Sebastian Rode and Alexander Meier all wasted excellent headed openings during a purple patch around the half-hour mark.

Bayern, though, raised their game just before the break and after Daniel van Buyten had had a goal ruled out for offside, Ribery finally broke the deadlock, side-footing home at the far post after Javi Martinez had sprung the offside trap following a storming run down the right wing by Alaba.

The Bavarians could even have doubled their advantage before the half-time whistle blew but Trapp produced excellent stops to deny both Kroos and Ribery.

However, Frankfurt regrouped during the interval and came agonisingly close to levelling matters five minutes into the second period, Anderson heading against the bar after getting on the end of Meier’s flick-on.

That scare sparked Bayern back into life, though, and Kroos blazed wastefully over the bar after latching onto Ribery’s clever through-ball. The game remain delicately poised, though, until Alaba converted from the spot with 14 minutes remaining after Vadim Demidov had been harshly penalised for felling Bastian Schweinsteiger in the area.

Unsurprisingly, Frankfurt kept fighting but they were unable to find a route back into the game and Bayern saw the game out quite comfortably to make it 10 wins from 11 Bundesliga games this season, thus putting 10 points between themselves and their opponents.

Heynckes: Javi Martinez has been a hit

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has expressed his delight with the way Javi Martinez has adapted to life at the club.

The defensive midfielder joined the Bavarians during the summer for a fee of €40 million from Athletic Bilbao in a move which raised eyebrows, as various sections of the media felt too much money had been shelled out.

However, the 67-year-old coach feels that in comparison to transfers made by other European clubs, Martinez, who was recently called up to the Spain squad for the friendly against Panama, will prove to be shrewd business.

“Javi is on the right track and he will become even better,” the former Real Madrid boss told reporters at a press conference ahead of Bayern’s league match against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

“When I look at the signings other top clubs in Europe have made this summer, then Martinez has surely been a hit.”

The German giants currently occupy top spot in the Bundesliga with a comfortable seven-point lead over Schalke. They meet Eintracht Frankfurt at Allianz-Arena on November 10 with the kick-off being scheduled for 15.30CET.

Robben: Heynckes the perfect coach for Bayern Munich

Arjen Robben says Jupp Heynckes is the ideal coach for Bayern Munich, and is keeping his fingers crossed that the 67-year-old will extend his current deal.

Heynckes recently hinted that the 2012-13 campaign could be his last year with the Bavarians, but has since denied that he has already made a decision about his future.

“There’s no one better suited to coach Bayern than Heynckes at the moment,” Robben was quoted as saying by Bild.

“He is doing a great job. The chemistry between the coach and the players is perfect. I hope that he will continue at Bayern if he still feels fit enough.”

Heynckes joined Bayern from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2011, and guided them to the Champions League final last term.