Heynckes ready to press restart as Bayern faces Freiburg
BERLIN – Reuters
"There is no time for familiarization, Freiburg wants to snatch points away from us," said Bayern forward Thomas Müller, who is expected to benefit from Heynckes' return after languishing on the bench under Ancelotti.
Müller was part of the 2013 treble-winning team under Heynckes, which also included the Champions League title.
"We parted in 2013 with the best of memories and that is where we will try to pick up now," Müller said. "We know the coaching team. It is excited and well tuned. This can only help us."
Heynckes has promised to shake the team out of its current daze and have players work for each other more.
"I already feel a real spirit of optimism and there is a good atmosphere within the team," Heynckes said on Oct. 11 after two days of coaching the team.
"I am confident we will have a positive attitude going into our next matches."
Bayern has a busy five weeks ahead with league action, the German Cup and Champions League matches, which could go a long way in determining its season.
Dortmund, which has yet to lose this season and is on 19 points with six wins from its seven matches, hosts last season's runner-up RB Leipzig.
Naby Keita's return from suspension could not have been timed better for Leipzig, who will desperately need the Guinean to try to control the midfield against the aggressive Dortmund.
After a rocky start Leipzig looks to be hitting its stride with back-to-back wins over Eintracht Frankfurt and Cologne.
Third-placed Hoffenheim, level with Bayern on 14 points, hosts Augsburg.