Munich look for another turnaroundagainst in-form Hanover

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5 November 2004, HAMBURG - Bayern Munich look for another turnaround in an up-and-down season on Saturday in the Bundesliga but will have their work cut out against Hanover 96 who have won their last five games. Munich are coming off a 2-0 league defeat against Borussia Moenchengladbach and a 1-0 Champions League home loss against Juventus, with goalkeeper Oliver Kahn gifting Alessandro del Piero a late winner. "The ball and the pitch were wet. It was bad luck that the ball fell to del Piero. But the incid

5 November 2004

HAMBURG - Bayern Munich look for another turnaround in an up-and-down season on Saturday in the Bundesliga but will have their work cut out against Hanover 96 who have won their last five games.

Munich are coming off a 2-0 league defeat against Borussia Moenchengladbach and a 1-0 Champions League home loss against Juventus, with goalkeeper Oliver Kahn gifting Alessandro del Piero a late winner.

"The ball and the pitch were wet. It was bad luck that the ball fell to del Piero. But the incident won't haunt me," said Kahn.

Coach Felix Magath also sprang to the defence of Kahn and rather blamed the goal on Torsten Frings and Owen Hargreaves.

Individual errors have cost Munich several points and it also doesn't help their cause that the normally reliable number one forward Roy Makaay has not found the net in seven games.

The Bavarians will hope for an improvement on Saturday against Hanover, who have never won in Munich and could be the latest team which fails to deliver in the famous arena.

Last week's midweek game saw league leaders VfL Wolfsburg crash 2-0 in Munich, but Hanover have a former Bayern player in the form of Michael Tarnat, who is out to boost team morale.

"During my six years in Munich I often encountered teams which arrived confident but then got scared. I will try to do my share that this doesn't happen on Saturday.

"We simply have to play like we did in the past games," said Tarnat.

Hanover and Munich are ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, locked on 20 points along with third-placed VfB Stuttgart.

Up front, Wolfsburg lead the way with 24 points into their match at mid-table Nuremberg.

Schalke 04 are second with 21 points, having won their last five games just like Hanover.

Another similarity is that Schalke also face a tough away match, on Sunday at improving SV Hamburg, who have won twice and drawn once at champions Werder Bremen since Thomas Doll replaced Klaus Toppmoeller as coach.

"The people in Hamburg want to see their team again, they can't wait for the game against Schalke," said Doll in explanation of the euphoria in the northern German port city.

Hamburg's Belgian striker Emile Mpenza wants to do well against his former club, but Schalke are not afraid of him or Hamburg.

"We are very motivated after our five victories," said coach Ralf Rangnick.

The other Saturday games are Mainz 05 vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach, who play their first game under new coach Dick Advocaat, VfL Bochum vs. Kaiserslautern, Arminia Bielefeld vs. Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen vs. SC Freiburg and Hertha Berlin vs. Bremen.

On Sunday, Stuttgart hope to avoid a fourth straight defeat when they host bottom club Hansa Rostock.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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