Unfortunately, the week did not start the way Carlo Ancelotti and his club would have liked. On April 4, they suffered only their second Bundesliga defeat of the season, losing 1-0 to a surging hot TSG Hoffenheim team.
Hoffenheim’s Andrej Kramaric scored the only goal of the game in the 21st minute to seal the victory over Bayern. With this victory, the club extends their unbeaten run to seven games, while pulling themselves within one point of second-placed RB Leipzig.
On the other hand, Bayern Munich saw its even more impressive unbeaten streak of 15 games come to a close, due to its inconsistent play and lapses defensively. Bayern searched for an equalizer in the second half but were denied.
After the game, Carlo Ancelotti stated “Congratulations to Hoffenheim. We were a bit surprised by their play and weren’t well-organized on defense. It was a very intense match. Our first half wasn’t so good. We did a much better job in the second half, we were more aggressive then. We had our chances to level the scores. But things just don’t work out on certain days, that’s football.”
Bayern will shift its focus to rival Borussia Dortmund, as the two teams will face off on April 8th in Munich at 12:30pm ET.
Bayern would get back to their winning ways, as they crush rival Borussia Dortmund 4-1, edging themselves closer to a 5th consecutive Bundesliga title.
In a rivalry game like this one, a frantic beginning to the contest is expected. This one being no different. Two Rapid goals from Franck Ribery and Robert Lewandowski saw the home side jump out to 2-0 lead inside 10 minutes Before Dortmund’s Raphael Guerreiro impressive goal cut the deficit in half.
Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski would tally a goal each in the second half to secure the impressive victory, which put Bayern 10 points clear of second-placed RB Leipzig with six matches to play.
At the conclusion of the game Arjen Robben displayed his satisfaction and confidence in his team by stating “We really turned in a very good and intense display. It’s nice if you’re up against so strong opponents and play like this. We’re in for a nice month. We have to be up for it then, and we were today. We left our opponents no chance. With a little more luck we could have scored more goals in the first half. A 4-1 score line, a clear-cut, superb win. It’s fun. It boosts our confidence.”
This seemingly easy victory of rival Dortmund enhancements the clubs confidence as they will face their biggest test of the season on April 12th as they will take on Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League, Quarterfinals.
With possibly one of the most anticipated matches of the season approaching, Injuries look like they may plague Bayern when they face off against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League, Quarterfinals.
The ankle problems of Thomas Müller and Mats Hummels cause concern as their status is unknown for Wednesday’s game. Thomas Müller returned to the training ground today, as head coach Carlo Ancelotti had announced on Friday, Müller resumed parts of the squad program on Sunday after missing the last two matches. Unfortunately, things aren’t looking as bright for Mats Hummels as he was forced to break off Sunday’s training session at the Säbener Strasse. Hummels who sprained his right ankle and sustained a capsular ligament injury, status is uncertain which will serve as a devasting blow to the team.
Star Player Robert Lewandowski also bruised his shoulder in the win against Dortmund, which surely worries Bayern Munich fans.
Robert Lewandowski continues his magical season as he continues to etch his name in the History books. He has found the back of the net 12 times in the last six home games which is more than any other player in Bayern Munich history during that stretch.
Udo Lattek shaped an era at FC Bayern as head coach in the seventies and eighties. He endured success winning German championship titles, three DFB Cup triumphs and one European Champions Clubs’ Cup. Sadly, Lattek suffered from dementia towards the end of his life, leading to his death in January 2015. On Saturday FC Bayern donated €75,000 to charity Marie Luise und Ernst Becker Stiftung to commemorate the legend and support research into the disease which affects some 1.6 million people.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge presented Udo Lattek’s wife Hildegard and his daughter Sabine with a check before Saturday evenings home match against Borussia Dortmund.