Berlin - Carlo Ancelotti's Bayern Munich bid to claim a rare
win over Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday as the Bundesliga leaders look
to get back to winning ways in Germany's top flight.
Having won their first eight games under Ancelotti in all
competitions, Bayern then went three matches without a win but got back on
track with a 4-1 thumping of PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday in the Champions
The Bavarians now return to domestic business, where they
have slipped up in recent weeks with draws against Cologne and Eintracht
Bayern are two points clear at the top of the table but need
to build on their emphatic win over PSV when Arjen Robben was outstanding with
two assists and a goal.
"I think we absolutely took a step forward, and we have
to build on that," skipper Philipp Lahm said after Wednesday's match.
Bayern have failed to beat Borussia in their last four
meetings and Gladbach claimed home and away league wins over the Bavarian
giants in 2015.
Gladbach are buoyed by their 2-0 Champions League win at
Celtic which Andre Schubert's side needed after their 4-0 thrashing by Schalke
and frustrating goalless draw with Hamburg, when they missed two penalties.
"Bayern are a very different team to Celtic, you can't
compare them with each other," Gladbach's Danish defender Jannik
Vestergaard told the club's website.
"Bayern have a world-class team so we need to work
really hard again, but we have to try to play the way we like to, otherwise
it's going to be a long 90 minutes."
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Moenchengladbach no longer enjoy the same rivalry with
Bayern as they did in the 1970s, when the clubs shared nine straight Bundesliga
titles between them.
But the Foals still present a challenge having only lost
once at the Allianz Arena in the last five years.
- Russ gets all-clear -
A battle royale beckons in the capital on Saturday when
fourth-placed Hertha Berlin host unbeaten Cologne.
Pal Dardai's Hertha are enjoying their best start to a
campaign for 46 years and have lost only to Bayern this season, while
second-placed Cologne are unbeaten in nine away games and are one of only four
teams still undefeated in the Bundesliga.
The goals could well flow as Cologne's Anthony Modeste is
the league's top scorer so far with seven, while Hertha's Vedad Ibisevic is
just behind with five.
Injury-hit Borussia Dortmund are eager to pick up a first
Bundesliga win in four weeks at bottom club Ingolstadt on Saturday -- Thomas
Tuchel's men had nine players out for Tuesday's 2-1 win at Sporting Lisbon in
the Champions League.
Meanwhile, Eintracht have been boosted ahead of their trip
to Hamburg on Friday after defender Marco Russ, 31, was given the green light
to return to training.
Russ has not played since being diagnosed with testicular
cancer in May this year.
"It's wonderful. He has the doctors' permission to
pursue his career once more and will now start with a programme of
rehabilitation," said coach Niko Kovac.
"To start with, he needs to work on his fitness. But
he'd like to be as close to the team as possible, and wants to make the trip to
Hamburg with us."
Ex-Bayern defender Valerien Ismael makes his debut as a
Bundesliga coach on Saturday when he takes Wolfsburg to Darmstadt with both
teams just above the relegation places.
Wolfsburg sacked Dieter Hecking as coach on Monday after six
games without a win and Frenchman Ismael has been promoted as coach from the
Results in the coming weeks will dictate whether he gets the
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