July 19, 2018

Bayern out to silence critics as Bundesliga returns (Guardian)

Bayern out to silence critics as Bundesliga returns (Guardian)

Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich will be looking to silence their critics with victory over Mainz in the Bundesliga this Saturday.

A 3-0 victory over Anderlecht in the Champions League on Tuesday was overshadowed by reports of internal disharmony in Munich. The German media have reported growing discord between coach Ancelotti and leading players such as Thomas Mueller, Franck Ribery and Robert Lewandowski.

Borussia Dortmund host Cologne on Sunday, as they look to bounce back from defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in midweek.

Here are five things to look out for in the Bundesliga this weekend:

Boateng returns for Bayern
Jerome Boateng looks set to make his Bundesliga return against Mainz, having been sidelined through injury since May 20.

“We need to play more as a team, with more concentration,” said the defender amid reports of dressing room disharmony this week. Mueller may also return to the starting line-up, as Ancelotti looks to rotate his squad after Tuesday’s Champions League fixture. Mainz coach Sandro Schwarz is expected to pick the same team which cantered to a 3-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen last weekend. Read more

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