Tough times ahead for Bayern despite win: Heynckes

Updated: 12 September 2011 15:53 IST

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has warned the German league leaders that a 7-0 rout of Freiburg should leave no room for complacency as they embark on their much-anticipated Champions League campaign.

Tough times ahead for Bayern despite win: Heynckes

Berlin:

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has warned the German league leaders that a 7-0 rout of Freiburg should leave no room for complacency as they embark on their much-anticipated Champions League campaign.

Having last won the Champions League title in 2001, Bayern begin their Group A campaign at Spain's Villarreal on Wednesday.

Tough tasks lie ahead however as Bayern face German title-rivals Schalke 04 and Bayer Leverkusen over the next two weekends in the Bundesliga before hosting Manchester City at the Allianz Arena on September 27 in the Champions League.

"We know we'll have to keep on improving, because we have a packed and intense programme over the next few weeks," said Heynckes.

Bayern striker Mario Gomez, who scored four goals, and midfielder Franck Ribery, two, shone in Saturday's rout in Munich while replacement Nils Petersen scored the seventh just before the final whistle.

The goal bonanza leaves Bayern on top of the league and with just over a month gone of the new season, they already have a goal difference of 15 having conceded just one goal while netting 16 in five games.

Second-placed Werder Bremen are level with Munich on 12 points after beating neighbours Hamburg as ex-Chelsea striker Claudio Pizarro scored both goals in their 2-0 home win.

On Sunday, Nuremberg ran out 2-1 winners in a bad-tempered game which saw each side finish with ten men.

Both Nuremberg goals came from penalties as Belgium midfielder Timmy Simons slotted spot kicks on 31 and 35 minutes, while Cologne's Morocco striker Adil Chihi kept his side in touch with a 39th-minute strike.

The result leaves Nuremberg seventh and Cologne 15th in the table.

Schalke missed out on the chance to claim a top three place when they let a 1-0 lead at Wolfsburg slip to a 2-1 defeat as Wolves' Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic scored an 82nd minute winner.

Spain's Raul put Schalke ahead in the first-half, but a header from Mandzukic on 33 minutes levelled for the hosts before he added the late winner.

On Saturday, defending champions Borussia Dortmund suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Hertha Berlin as they prepare for Tuesday's visit of Premier League side Arsenal in the Champions League.

This was Dortmund's second defeat in four league games and leaves Jurgen Klopp's side 11th in the table and puts Berlin eighth.

Borussia Moenchengladbach, who only avoided relegation last season by the skin of their teeth, maintained their great start to the season with a 1-0 win at home to Kaiserlautern to go third.

Stuttgart enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 win at home to Hanover, while Hoffenheim hammered Mainz 4-0 to go fifth.

On Friday, Bayer Leverkusen warmed up for Tuesday's trip to Chelsea in the Champions League with a 4-1 win over Augsburg which puts them fourth in the table.

Topics : Football
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