Bayern Munich hopes to overcome mini-crisis

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22 October 2004 , HAMBURG - Things are not looking good for mighty Bayern Munich as they head into their next Bundesliga match at Hansa Rostock on Saturday. Munich are coming off two straight 1-0 defeats - at home against Schalke in the league and then on Tuesday at Juventus in the Champions League. In addition, there is plenty of concern about the psychological state of midfielder Sebastian Deisler, while playmaker Michael Ballack is doubtful with an ankle injury. "The situation is very serious," said clu

22 October 2004

HAMBURG - Things are not looking good for mighty Bayern Munich as they head into their next Bundesliga match at Hansa Rostock on Saturday.

Munich are coming off two straight 1-0 defeats - at home against Schalke in the league and then on Tuesday at Juventus in the Champions League.

In addition, there is plenty of concern about the psychological state of midfielder Sebastian Deisler, while playmaker Michael Ballack is doubtful with an ankle injury.

"The situation is very serious," said club manager Uli Hoeness.

Coach Felix Magath said: "We have to be careful that we don't see everything in a too positive light. I rather play badly and win than lose and play well like on Tuesday."

Munich are still well-positioned to advance in the Champions League, but in the Bundesliga they badly need to win Saturday, given their six-point deficit on leaders VfB Stuttgart.

Undefeated Stuttgart take 20 points into their Sunday game at lowly SC Freiburg. Dethroned leaders Wolfsburg have 19 points and host VfL Bochum while third-placed surprise package Mainz 05 rank third on 15 points before their Sunday visit to Schalke.

Munich are fourth with 14 points and can not afford afford to drop a point in Rostock, who have lost all four games so far this season and the last two games against Munich as well.

Deisler will definitely miss the trip after earlier in the week consulting a clinic in which he was treated last year for depression. His doctor said that Deisler had mental problems as soon as he doesn't play well.

Ballack had to sit out training Wednesday and Thursday as the playmaker is not certain to play.

Rostock, for their part, hope to turn around their dismal home record because all attention will be on their opponents.

"We are naive in the first games and wanted to play for the fans only. Maybe we can play on the counter this time around," said midfielder Joakim Persson.

Bottom club SV Hamburg, meanwhile, visit struggling Borussia Dortmund with new coach Thomas Doll, who replaced Klaus Toppmoeller last Sunday in the wake of a 2-0 home defeat against Bielefeld.

"Relegation is no issue whatsoever for me. The team has potential," said Doll, a former Hamburg player who until his appointment coached the club's amateur team to first place in the third division.

Dortmund rank 13th and hope to make football headlines now that president Gerd Niebaum is set to give way to Reinhard Rauball in connection with the club's terrible financial situation.

"The situation bothered the players," said Rauball.

Champions Werder Bremen welcome Nuremberg Saturday fresh from a Champions League victory over Anderlecht needing a win to ensure the eight point gap to leaders Stuttgart doesn't grow.

In the other games, all on Saturday, Kaiserslautern welcome Bayer Leverkusen, Bielefeld entertain Hertha Berlin and Borussia Moenchengladbach host Hanover 96.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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