Bayern Munich had their stellar start tarnished by Cologne before the international break. Their perfect record in the Bundesliga is now an unbeaten one, and the team’s intensity during Cologne’s visit were strong symptoms to a Champions League hangover.
The intensity Bayern showed at the very start to the season has to come with them to Frankfurt. Eintracht Frankfurt are unbeaten in Commerzbank Arena despite playing teams that finished seventh or higher last season. Nico Kovac, who rescued the club from relegation at the end of last season, has revitalized this team despite not having several key players at his disposal.
Cologne proved to be a tougher match than anticipated, and Eintracht Frankfurt will present a similar challenge. Even if they cannot keep teams from scoring, they have found a way to at least match their opponents.
Ancelotti: "We understand what we did wrong in the last games. We also know that Frankfurt is a very good team at home." #SGEFCB— DW Sports (@dw_sports) October 14, 2016
Carlo Ancelotti is not going to be able to get too cute with his rotation this time after resting several experienced players against Cologne. Franck Ribery may not be able to play, but having Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso back in the side – and even Holger Badstuber on the bench – will restore a veteran rallying force on the field.
It will also help if Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller, Bayern’s two best goal scorers last season, packed their scoring boots. Lewandowski has not scored in his last four Bayern games, but did score a hat trick against Denmark and the winning goal against Armenia during the international break. Müller, who is goalless in the Bundesliga, had a positive international break as well, scoring a brace for Germany against the Czech Republic.
Joshua Kimmich has bailed out Bayern a few times during Lewandowski’s and Müller’s goal scoring droughts. But Bayern are going to have to rely on a more than Kimmich’s productive late runs into the penalty area if they are going to defeat Frankfurt in their house.
The match Saturday kicks off a tough run of fixtures for Bayern, one that includes two Champions League matches against PSV Eindhoven and the German Cup. Topping Frankfurt away may be a great way to get this tricky time started, but the intensity Ancelotti is looking for has to resurface.
Bayern Munich injuries and suspensions: Douglas Costa, Javi Martinez (groin), Franck Ribery
Eintracht Frankfurt injuries and suspensions: Bamba Anderson (knee), Daniel Blum (knee), Slobodan Medojevic (knee), Marco Russ (cancer), Marc Stendera (knee), Guillermo Varela (ankle)
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