Rummenigge not expecting Bayern to win treble

The 60-year-old says Pep Guardiola is not under pressure to win everything in his last season with the Bundesliga side before he leaves in the summer for Manchester City

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes the prospects of the club winning the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League treble this season are remote.

League champions Bayern preserved their five point advantage at the top of Germany’s top flight with a goalless draw at nearest rivals Borussia Dortmund on Saturday and are all square at 2-2 ahead of the home leg in the Champions League last-16 clash against Juventus.

April brings a Pokal semi-final against Werder Bremen, meaning Manchester City-bound coach Pep Guardiola still has the chance to replicate Bayern’s treble success from the 2012-13 campaign, which immediately preceded the former Barcelona boss’ arrival at the Allianz Arena.

But Rummenigge does not believe Guardiola must match Jupp Heynckes’ achievement to be considered a success in Bavaria.

“This [the treble] is rare, almost like a blue Mauritius,” Rummenigge told Sky, comparing the feat to the exceedingly rare collectors’ stamp.

“We will see at the end of the day which of the silverware that I, Pep Guardiola and Bayern want is on the table.”

Rummenigge explained Guardiola’s targets remain lofty and that the two men enjoy a strong relationship despite the 45-year-old’s decision to seek a new challenge in the Premier League.

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“Everything that has elapsed between us is fair,” he said. “In the discussions, he told me he wants to say goodbye as a friend of Bayern Munich.

“He is 45 years old and would once again like to experience something different, but until then I wish him to win one or two titles with Bayern Munich.”

Rummenigge also spoke of his friendship with former club president Uli Hoeness, with speculation continuing that the former club president will regain a prominent role at Bayern following his release from prison, where he served half of a three-and-a-half-year term for tax evasion.

“I always had a very close relationship with him,” he added. “He was my first sleeping partner in a double room at Bayern Munich [when they were players]. 

“Since then you have a close relationship with each other. In between, one has [arguments] sometimes when you disagree. But our conversations were always fruitful and found a decision for the common good of Bayern at the end.”

'I love this kid' – Guardiola hails Kimmich after post-match dressing down

The Bayern Munich coach confronted the youngster on the pitch during Saturday’s goalless draw with Borussia Dortmund but he insists he says only “good things” to him

Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola says he loves Joshua Kimmich after the pair were involved in a passionate exchange following the 0-0 draw with Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker on Saturday.

The Bundesliga leaders remain five points clear of Thomas Tuchel’s challengers after an intriguing battle which saw Arturo Vidal have a shot tipped on to the bar by goalkeeper Roman Burki in the game’s best chance at Signal Iduna Park.

Guardiola was seen remonstrating with Kimmich, who again played in central defence due to Bayern’s injury crisis, and appeared unhappy with the 21-year-old immediately after the final whistle.

However, the former Barcelona boss showered the youngster with praise in his post-match media conference.

“I love this kid,” said Guardiola. “He has absolutely everything and can achieve whatever he wants. He wants to learn and has passion.

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“When I speak about Joshua Kimmich, I only say good things. I have a message for journalists: Don’t say that he can’t play in defence.

“Congratulations to him. He has played in the Champions League against great strikers and here against Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.”

Guardiola feels Bayern could have taken all three points from the contest after having the better of the second half.

“We struggled in the first 20 minutes with their pressing, but the second half was good and I think we had enough good chances to win the game.

“The result is okay and the game was good.

“It was a good game to watch and good for German football. If Bayern Munich didn’t exist, BVB would be German champions. If BVB didn’t exist, Bayern would have already won the title.”

Bayern’s next match is a home encounter against Werder Bremen next Saturday.

BVB can compete on same level as Bayern – Burki

The Dortmund goalkeeper put in a solid performance for his side as they drew 0-0 with the Bundesliga champions on Saturday and feels it shows the teams are equal

Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki feels his side showed they can compete with Bayern Munich after Saturday’s 0-0 Der Klassiker draw.

Burki put in a solid performance and kept a clean sheet as second-placed Dortmund stayed five points adrift of Bayern in the table.

And though Burki feels he could have put in a better performance, he was full of pride in the team.

“I’ve got mixed feelings really,” he said after the game.

“I should’ve done better on a couple of occasions but I’m glad I made the reflex save against Arturo Vidal.

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“We’ll analyse what we did wrong and learn from it. I’m glad we kept a clean sheet in the end.

“We showed we can compete on an even-footing with them. I’m very proud of this team.”

Midfielder Sven Bender was happy with the result, despite missing an opportunity to move within two points of the Bundesliga leaders.

“We’ll take the point. Bayern’s lead has stayed as it was, but there are still enough games left to play,” Bender said.

“We hope to be able to build on what we did today. There’s still plenty of possibilities, but obviously Bayern are better placed at the moment.

“If they win all their games, then it’ll be difficult for us, but we just need to keep winning our matches. I think that’s the best way to put them under pressure.”

Tuchel satisfied with Klassiker draw

The coach remains optimistic that BVB will be able to turn things around at the top of the standings, despite failing to beat the leaders on Saturday

Thomas Tuchel was delighted with Borussia Dortmund ‘s performance in their 0-0 draw against Bundesliga title rivals Bayern Munich.

Dortmund were impressive, particularly in the first half, but could not find a breakthrough before being forced to defend against Bayern’s sustained attacks after the break at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday.

A win for second-placed Dortmund would have seen the gap at the top of the Bundesliga close from five points to two, but Tuchel was happy to settle for a share of the spoils.

“I want us to pick up as many points as we possibly can. Next we face Tottenham, then Mainz. Even if we had beaten Munich today, we would still be behind them in the table, albeit by only two points, and we still have an inferior goal difference,” the Dortmund coach said.

“We must stay hungry and impassioned. We shouldn’t be disappointed with today’s 0-0.

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“We played a very, very good first half, and an especially outstanding 30 minutes at the start. I enjoyed instructing the team from the side.

“A goal to take the lead would have helped us a lot, of course. I am very satisfied with the team’s performance today.

“It is very difficult to endure a period of sustained pressure from Bayern. It was important to remain disciplined in defence today.

“The Bavarians play at an extremely high level. You have to defend very well accordingly. We never lost our shape though, and were never passive in pursuit of the ball.

“We could have controlled the ball better in the first half. We were a bit too rushed, too imprecise. However, we remained competitive and never lost faith.”

Dortmund are at home to Premier League title challengers Tottenham in the first leg of their Europa League round-of-16 tie on Thursday. 

Lahm: Bundesliga title is still Bayern's to lose

The midfielder believes his side had the better chances in Der Klassiker against Borussia Dortmund, but was happy enough to take a point

Philipp Lahm says the Bundesliga title is Bayern Munich’s to lose after their 0-0 draw at Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker.

The result ensures champions Bayern remain five points ahead of second-placed Dortmund with nine matches to play as they search for a fourth consecutive German title.

Lahm was satisfied with the outcome of the contest on Saturday as Pep Guardiola’s men produced a solid response to their shock defeat at home to Mainz last time out.

“We have maintained our five-point gap at the top of the table,” the captain said. 

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“There are still nine games to play. It’s a long way to go, but it’s in our hands.

“We had the better openings and we were dominant in the second half. We had some great chances, such as when Douglas Costa was clean through on Roman Burki, but Dortmund have been on a great run of form and it wasn’t easy to shake them off.

“It was very intense and a great game for the fans. It was a fair result and the match could have been 2-2. That’s what happens when two top teams meet.”

Bayern host Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga next Saturday before the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie with Juventus – which is level at 2-2 on aggregate – on March 16.