Bayern are not machines, says Ribery

The France international says it’s only human that the Bundesliga champions have struggled in recent weeks

Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has admitted the Bavarians have lost focus since they were crowned Bundesliga champions against Hertha Berlin on March 25.

The Allianz Arena side have won just two of their last six games, but the France international believes their recent slump is only human nature as a result of their recent domestic success.

“Perhaps we were crowned champions too early in the season. It has affected our focus,” Ribery told ARD.

“We are not machines, we’re all human beings. We get tired as well.

“Each and every player wants to win every game, but that’s simply not possible. We have to play as a team every game. We are playing for ourselves and for the fans, to gain confidence and rhythm.

“And we are Bayern, so we must win each game.”

Bayern will be looking to return to winning ways in Bundesliga away against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday after losing their previous two league games versus Augsburg and Borussia Dortmund.

Robben gunning for revenge against Dortmund in DFB Pokal final

The Netherlands international is looking forward to next month’s showpiece and is determined to make amends for their recent league defeat

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben is relishing the prospect of meeting rivals Borussia Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal final on May 17 and is determined to make amends for last week’s 3-0 Bundesliga loss.

Bayern progressed from Wednesday’s semi-final with a 5-1 demolition of second-tier outfit Kaiserslautern at the Allianz Arena and the defending champions will now meet Jurgen Klopp’s men in the final, with BVB having seen off the challenge of Wolfsburg in Tuesday’s other last-four encounter.

Dortmund stunned newly-crowned Bundesliga champions Bayern with a 3-0 win in Munich last week and Robben is eager to set the record straight in the final.

“It’s fantastic to meet a big side like Borussia Dortmund,” Robben told bundesliga.com.

“I’m expecting a great final. It’s the type of game you long for. We’ll be keen, in particular after our last defeat against them.

“They beat us 3-0, we beat them with the same result in the first half of the season. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Robben then went on to stress that the reigning German and European champions had an extra motivation to reach the cup final after their back-to-back defeats against Dortmund and Augsburg.

“We owed it to our fans. It was a do-or-die game against Kaiserslautern, a semi-final, and we had our sights set firmly on the final in Berlin.

“I think we played well, and we achieved our goal of reaching the final.”

Ronaldo targets Madrid return versus Bayern

The Portugal international is happy with his recovery from injury and aims to return to the pitch against the Bundesliga champions in the Champions League semi-final

Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo is hopeful of making his comeback from injury in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

The Portugal international has not featured for Carlo Ancelotti’s men since the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final with Borussia Dortmund on April 2, originally missing out with a knee injury before picking up a hamstring problem.

The 29-year-old was disappointed not to be involved in Madrid’s Copa del Rey final win over Barcelona on Wednesday, but hopes to face reigning European champions Bayern at Santiago Bernabeu next week.

“I’m really happy. I wanted to play and help the team but my team-mates did a great job. I’m getting better, now I don’t feel any pain,” Ronaldo told the club’s official website.

“I might be back in time for next Wednesday or perhaps the second leg of our Champions League tie.

“Bit by bit I’m feeling better and what I want more than anything is to be able to help the team out as soon as possible.”

Ronaldo has been in sublime form for Madrid this term, netting 45 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions.

Sammer: Bayern are being too nice to each other

The 46-year-old was not impressed with the Allianz Arena side’s performance levels against Kaiserslautern despite their 5-1 win sealing a place in the DFB Pokal final

Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer has insisted that the Bavarians need to step up their game if they are to win the treble this season, claiming the players are being “too nice to each other.”

The Bavarians beat Kaiserslautern 5-1 on Wednesday to book their ticket for the DFB Pokal final against Borussia Dortmund, but Sammer was by no means satisfied with Bayern’s performance.

We’re delighted to be in the final, but I’m not happy with how we’re playing,” the Bayern director told reporters.

“There are too many lapses in concentration and not much by way of a group dynamic. I think we’re being too positive and too nice to each other.

“We need a little more fire and also the courage to speak out and talk about these things. If things stay as they are it’ll be tough collecting another trophy.

“But if we can get back to playing as we did before wrapping up the league we’re capable of winning everything.”

Bayern have won just two out of six official games since wrapping up the Bundesliga title against Hertha Berlin.

Guardiola salutes Bayern Munich spirit after Kaiserslautern victory

The Catalan conceded that the Bavarians had initially struggled to play their usual passing game against their second-tier opponents but he was encouraged by their persistence

Pep Guardiola admitted that Bayern Munich had not been at their best in Wednesday night’s DFB-Pokal semi-final against Kaiserslautern but was nonetheless enthused by the “fight” his players had shown during the 5-1 win at the Allianz Arena.

Fresh from a shock 3-0 Bundesliga loss at home Borussia Dortmund, the Bavarians started slowly but two goals in the space of nine first-half minutes from Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos changed the whole atmosphere of the game.

Thomas Muller, Mario Mandzukic and Mario Gotze all netted after the break as Bayern set up an intriguing tournament decider against Jurgen Klopp’s Schwarzgelben in Berlin next month.

“Kaiserslautern were very courageous from the start,” Guardiola told reporters after his side’s semi-final win. “We had problems with our possession of the ball.

“It’s never easy to score five goals, regardless of the opponents or the competition you’re playing in.

“I am happy about how we fought. I am looking forward to playing in the final.”

Meanwhile, Kroos also acknowledged that Bayern had taken some time to get going against their second-tier opponents.

“Our first two goals did us good,” the midfielder said. “Before then we were not quite there, had no opportunities and did not play smoothly.

“After that, we were a bit freer and played better. I look forward to the final.”