Bayern chairman tells players to raise their game
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has piled the pressure on the Bundesliga leaders by insisting they raise their game ahead of today's visit of Hanover 96 despite holding an eight-point lead.
With a round of Bundesliga matches also being held in midweek, Bayern face Hanover, then Freiburg on Wednesday before hosting defending champions Dortmund next Saturday, Rummenigge has warned his team against taking their foot off the pedal.
"There's too much playing for a result in my opinion. We need to get into gear and hit the gas again," said Rummenigge.
"We have a challenging week ahead of us with the matches against Hanover, Freiburg and Dortmund.
"We have to be alert and open the throttle.
"We need to rediscover the form which has made so strong and taken us so far ahead in the Bundesliga table." Despite extending their lead to eight points with a 1-1 draw at Nuremberg last Saturday, and qualifying for the knock-out phase of the Champions League by drawing at Valencia, Rummenigge is unhappy both results came against 10 men.
"If you have an extra man for an hour but end up being relieved that it finished 1-1, it's not a satisfactory situation," said Rummenigge.
Bayern now have Germany striker Mario Gomez back in the squad after three months out following ankle surgery and he made his first appearance in a Munich shirt at Valencia since the Champions League final.
"He's the kind of player who is always dangerous and can always come up with a goal, even when he's not 100 per cent fit," said Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes.
Schalke, second in the table, host third-placed Eintracht Frankfurt.
And Midtable Mainz host Dortmund today.