Bayern handed tricky trip to Hamburg in DFB-Pokal draw

The Bavarians kicked off their cup defence with a 4-1 first-round victory at Preussen Munster but they could have a far tougher time of it at the Imtech Arena

Holders Bayern Munich have been dealt a potentially tricky second-round tie against Hamburg in the DFB-Pokal.

Pep Guardiola’s side were not rewarded with a kind draw after defeating Preussen Munster 4-1 in the opening round.

They will face their Bundesliga rivals next up away from home, although Mirko Slomka’s men were less than convincing in their first-round clash with Energie Cottbus, only progressing on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

Bayern kicked off their Bundesliga title defence with a 2-1 win over Wolfsburg on Friday, while Hamburg held Cologne to a goalless draw a day later.

In the other standout tie of the round, Eintracht Frankfurt were pitted against Borussia Monchengladbach, while amateurs Magdeburg have been rewarded for their shock 1-0 win over Augsburg with the chance to host Champions League hopefuls Bayer Leverkusen.

Borussia Dortmund visit St Pauli in one of five matches between teams from the first and second tiers, with 1860 Munich’s clash against Freiburg one of the other notable matches.

Dynamo Dresden of 3. Liga ousted Schalke in the first round and host fellow giant-killers Bochum, who disposed of Stuttgart.

Badstuber: I'm so happy to be back

The Germany defender admitted his joy at returning to playing against Wolfsburg nearly two years after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury

Holger Badstuber has revealed his happiness at playing his first Bundesliga match in almost two years after returning from injury to feature in Bayern Munich’s 2-1 win over Wolfsburg.

The Germany international has been missing from action since 2012 when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a league match against Borussia Dortmund.

Badstuber recovered from the injury recently and played 79 minutes in Bayern’s DFB-Pokal first-round clash with Preussen Munster before being cheered onto the Allianz Arena pitch by 71,000 fans against Wolfsburg.

“It was very exciting, very hard,” he said, “but I’m totally happy.

“It’s a beautiful thing to be able to play after such a long time at home in front of the home crowd – and then get a win out of it. For me it was a perfect day.”

Bayern captain Philipp Lahm admitted that he was pleased to see his defensive colleague feature in the club’s opening Bundesliga clash, saying that it was fully deserved.

When asked about the 25-year-old’s appearance against Wolfsburg, Lahm said: “[It’s] sensational.

“It’s fun to watch him on the pitch. He has long worked hard for it.”

Bayern winger Arjen Robben also praised Badstuber’s return when the Netherlands international admitted he was proud of the defender for overcoming his injury woes. 

“For my friend Holger. He’s back. I’m proud of him. That deserves huge respect,” Robben said.

Shaqiri frustrated at bench role against Wolfsburg

The 22-year-old was named among the substitutes despite starting Bayern’s previous two matches but would not comment on a potential move away from the club

Xherdan Shaqiri has admitted his disappointment at being returned to the substitutes’ bench for Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga opener against Wolfsburg.

The 22-year-old arrived in Bavaria from Basel in the summer of 2012, but has struggled to cement his place in the starting line-up due to competition with the likes of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.

Shaqiri was named as a substitute for Bayern’s 2-1 Bundesliga win over Wolfsburg on Friday before he eventually came on for Mario Gotze in the 62nd minute.

And having been handed a starting spot for the DFL-Supercup defeat to Borussia Dortmund, as well as the DFB-Pokal first round against Preussen Munster, he concedes a return to the bench was frustrating.

“The coach has decided it, so you have to accept it,” the Switzerland international was quoted as saying by Blick.

“I have to deal with it and try to impose myself [on the team]. Clearly you’re disappointed if you are not in the starting line-up.”

His lack of games with the Bavarians has seen Shaqiri linked with a move away from Bayern this summer, with Juventus and Liverpool reportedly keen on recruiting the 22-year-old.

Bayern have always maintained the Switzerland star will not be sold and Shaqiri – who has a contract with until June 2016 – was eager to ignore questions about his future.

When asked about whether he would consider a move away from the Bundesliga this summer, Shaqiri replied: “We must not talk about transfers, it has been talked about enough. I only answer questions regarding the game.”

Guardiola: Victory good for our heads

The Spaniard is happy with how his team fought to claim a 2-1 win over Wolfsburg in their first Bundesliga game of the new season

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola believes that his side’s 2-1 Bundesliga victory over Wolfsburg will improve the mentality within the squad.

The German champions were made to work hard to win the opening league game of the new season, with Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller netting either side of half-time.

The Spaniard accepts that Wolfsburg were more than a match for his players after the break but says that the result was all that mattered.

“For every coach in the world, victory is the most important thing,” he is quoted as saying by the club’s official website.

“In general, I am very, very satisfied. We fought well. In the second half, Wolfsburg were better, but we shouldn’t forget that we played one of the best teams in the league.

“Victory was important for our heads.”

Holger Badstuber made his first Bundesliga appearance in almost two years and described the experience as a “perfect day”.

“Of course it was emotional for me to be able to play after such a long time in front of the home crowd. The beautiful thing is that we got victory here.

“For me, it was a perfect day.”

Muller: We had to grit our teeth

The Germany international admitted his side had to work hard to claim what he feels was a deserved 2-1 win over Wolfsburg

Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller has admitted his side were made to dig deep to beat Wolfsburg 2-1 in their opening Bundesliga game.

The Bavarians got their Bundesliga campaign off to a winning start thanks to goals from the Germany international and Arjen Robben either side of half-time, though Ivica Olic’s strike ensured a nervy ending.

However, Muller believes that the right team won on the night but conceded that there was plenty of tension in the Bayern camp.

“[Bayern’s World Cup winners] tried to play like we did in the final,” he is quoted as saying by the Bundesliga’s official website.

“It wasn’t that different – there was plenty of tension but I think the best team won. We pulled together and managed to grit our teeth for the last 10 minutes.

“You have to do that sometimes.”

Meanwhile, Robben has admitted that his side were left a little short of fitness due to the World Cup and reserved special praise for Gianluca Gaudino, who shone on his Bundesliga debut.

“Opening matches are always a bit strange. We didn’t have much preparation because of the World Cup, not much training and lots of injuries, but we shouldn’t be making excuses.

“The three points are the most important thing. Big compliment to the lads, especially young Gaudino. I’m very proud of him.”