Bayern go for record-equalling 14th win in a row
15 September 2005, HAMBURG - Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich take on Hanover 96 Saturday, looking to equal their own record, set in 1981, of 14 league wins in succession.
15 September 2005
HAMBURG - Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich take on Hanover 96 Saturday, looking to equal their own record, set in 1981, of 14 league wins in succession.
Bayern sit on 12 points and have a two-point lead over Werder Bremen and SV Hamburg after winning their opening four matches of the season.
Felix Magath's side received a further boost by beating Rapid Vienna in the Champions League in midweek.
"Seeing as we have now won 13 times in a row, we don't want Hanover 96 to spit in our beer glass at the start of the Oktoberfest," said coach Magath.
Michael Ballack will be once again be missing from the Munich side and Magath has called veteran Mehmet Scholl in to the squad.
High-flying Hamburg will be without Raphael Wicky for visit of Eintracht Frankfurt Saturday after the Swiss midfielder pulled a calf muscle in training ahead of Thursday night's UEFA Cup tie against FC Copenhagen.
Wicky will be out for up to two weeks and coach Thomas Doll is likely to replace him with Rene Klingbeil.
Having been outclassed in the Champions League by Barcelona, Werder Bremen face a tricky tie at home to Borussia Dortmund, who defeated Cologne last weekend to register their first league win of the season.
Cologne, for their part, welcome Borussia Moenchengladbach. Also Saturday, Arminia Bielefeld entertain Kaiserslautern, Nuremberg travel to VfL Wolfsburg and Mainz, bottom without a point, play VfB Stuttgart, still looking for their first win of the season.
Under-fire Schalke 04 boss Ralf Rangnick will be looking for his sided to bounce back from a lacklustre defeat to PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League when the Bundesliga runners-up play Hertha Berlin Sunday.
Schalke team manager, Andreas Mueller, said now is not the time to talk about a coach change at the club.
"It trust Ralf Rangnick. He is doing his job very well. I don't need talk about the trainer at this time," Mueller told Thursday's Kicker Magazine.
"We don't have a crisis but a certain tendency, which has to be stopped," he continued. "The players have to pull themselves up. There has to be more fire (against Hertha)."
Sunday's other match sees Bayer Leverkusen up against MSV Duisburg.
Subject: German news