Bayern Munich Looks To Bounce Back From Shocking Loss
Bayern Munich will conclude their Group F campaign against Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday. They will look to bounce back following their shocking 3-1 loss to Mönchengladbach last week.
The loss will make this game interesting to watch, even though Bayern Munich has already secured a top spot in the Champions League and Dinamo is consigned to a fourth-place finished and elimination from Europe for the season.
Bayern will be eager to get back on the field after finding themselves in the unfamiliar position of having to bounce back from a defeat. This was the first time Bayern has been beaten in the league before the mid-season break since the 2012-13 campaign.
The match against Mönchengladbach did have some positive moments for the Bayern faithful. Winger Franck Ribery came off the bench to make his first appearance in nine months following an ankle injury.
It only took six minutes for Ribery to make an impact as he scored a consolation goal for Bayern. Now that he has made it back to the field he is focused on returning to full fitness.
“It feels good to be sent on if you’ve been sidelined for so long,” he told Bayern’s official website. “I’m back and that’s good. I still need time, I need to find my rhythm, and have good training. We need to quickly forget [the Gladbach loss] and focus on the next match.”
Team captain, Philipp Lahm, believes that the nature of the Gladbach defeat shows Bayern that there is plenty of room for improvement.
“We’re no longer used to falling behind,” he said. “We have to analyse the defeat. We never said we were unbeatable. We wanted to keep our run going for as long as possible but it’s ended.”
Bayern Munich will be without the suspended Holger Badstuber for the trip to Zagreb. This will provided an add test for a team looking to overcome a little adversity.
As for Dinamo, they will only have pride and revenge left to play for. Their European campaign came to a close following their recent defeat to Arsenal. The Croatian champion will look to avenge the 5-0 battering they experienced back in September.