Bayern aims for second straight result against Eintracht
Frankfurt, Germany – Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich will hit the road for the first time this season as the Bavarians aim for a second consecutive victory against Eintracht Frankfurt at the Commerzbank Arena.
Bayern, which completed an unprecedented treble last term by wining the Bundesliga, UEFA Champions League and DFB Pokal Cup, opened their title defense with a comfortable 3-1 triumph over Borussia Monchengladbach last Saturday.
Things started brightly for new Bayern manager Pep Guardiola when Arjen Robben fired home his first goal of the new campaign 12 minutes into the match and Mario Mandzukic added a goal three minutes later to quickly give Bayern a two- goal margin.
Monchengladbach got back into the match via an own goal from Dante five minutes before the interval, but David Alaba put the result away with a goal in the 69th minute to secure Bayern's first three point effort of the domestic season.
Guardiola was satisfied with his new team's effort.
"We knew it would be a tough match. It's always hard work against Gladbach," the former Barcelona boss said. "We had no control over the match in the first 15 minutes of the second half. We're satisfied with this first victory, but we need a couple more wins to build up our confidence."
"The most important thing is always to dominate play and attack aggressively," Robben added. "We did that well at times today and put our opponents under pressure, but we need a little more time. We're not where we want to be, but it was enough tonight. We're still working on the little things. We'll keep getting better over the next few weeks."
Bayern will also get some offensive reinforcements back into the squad as former Borussia Dortmund man Mario Gotze, who signed with Bayern this summer, will be available for selection on Saturday.
"He's only trained with the group six or seven times, but he's a very intelligent player. He'll come with us to Frankfurt," Guardiola commented.
Also on the slate in the Bundesliga on Saturday, Hoffenheim will attempt to claim its first win of the season when the club faces Hamburg at the Imtech Arena, while Mainz aims to make it two wins from two matches when it battles Freiburg at the Mage Solar Stadion.
Bayern Leverkusen opened its season last Saturday with a 3-1 result over Freiburg and will travel to the Mercedes Benz Arena this weekend to face a Stuttgart side that fell to Mainz last week by a 3-2 score.
Also on Saturday, Schalke will shoot for its first win of the campaign when the Royal Blues face Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen Arena, while Werder Bremen welcomes Augsburg to the Weserstadion.
Saturday's schedule wraps up when Monchengladbach aim for a rebound performance at home to Hannover.
Sunday's Bundesliga action sees Hertha Berlin go for two consecutive wins when the newly-promoted side faces Nurnberg on the road, while Borussia Dortmund welcomes another newly-promoted club in Braunschweig to Signal Iduna Park.