MUNICH — Jupp Heynckes has mentioned Bayern Munich are “hungry and extremely motivated” for Champions League success this season.
Searching for a sixth consecutive Bundesliga title, Bayern have moved 18 factors clear on the high and reached the DFB Pokal semifinals with a 6-Zero win over third division Paderborn on Tuesday.
Bayern face Besiktas within the Champions League spherical of 16 later this month, aiming to repeat their 2012-13 win below the veteran coach.
“Once I arrived on the membership in October we have been 5 factors behind Borussia Dortmund. We undoubtedly need to achieve success within the Bundesliga and the German Cup,” Heynckes mentioned at a information convention forward of Saturday’s Bundesliga sport towards Schalke.
“Profitable the Champions League is an enormous problem for each group. The group is hungry and extremely motivated — a lot of our gamers haven’t but received the Champions League.
“Nevertheless, success within the Champions League typically will depend on the draw and kind on the evening, however Bayern has many vastly skilled gamers and huge expertise within the competitors.
“We now have developed and made nice strides in lots of features for the reason that winter coaching camp in Qatar. We now have perfected our play — you simply do not flip up and play like we did in Paderborn on Tuesday. We now have labored arduous for that success.”
Prime scorer Robert Lewandowski is aiming to search out the online for the 11th consecutive Bundesliga residence sport and surpass Jupp Heynckes’ personal document for Borussia Monchengladbach within the 1970s.
“We now have joked with one another about this,” Heynckes mentioned.
“Immediately’s era of gamers is aware of every little thing about how us outdated sweats performed the sport. A journalist is inventive and has to verify what he writes however I did not really find out about this document. However I can appease you — Robert will begin the sport and will not be subbed until he’s taking part in badly.”
Heynckes confirmed that Thiago Alcantara has recovered from a thigh damage which has sidelined him since November.
“It is wanting good in the meanwhile –everyone is match other than Manuel Neuer,” he mentioned, earlier than including: “I cannot threat something with Thiago and he would not make the squad.
“I might be cautious with Thiago and hand him his comeback in Wolfsburg subsequent week. It is pleasing to have one other high participant again. Javi Martinez will even return and it is vitally essential within the coming months to have all gamers match and out there.
“Peter Hermann [Heynckes’ assistant] advised me in the present day that the 18th participant in our squad may play in our greatest beginning XI. There’s little or no distinction in high quality in our squad.”
Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka will transfer to Bayern on a free switch this summer time and the Germany worldwide has been criticised for agreeing the switch to the Bundesliga champions.
Requested concerning the switch and the potential of Goretzka probably going through his future employer on the weekend: “I believe he is dealing with the criticism very nicely. Nevertheless it hasn’t been simple for him as he was carrying an damage till Wednesday and wasn’t capable of ship high performances.
“He’s very mature for his age and understands the followers response as nicely, “he mentioned.However the sort of transfer has at all times occurred within the Bundesliga, it was once between Bayern and Monchengladbach and we additionally skilled this example with Neuer. I believe he’s fairly relaxed about it and dealing with it very nicely.”
Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Comply with him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.