League leaders Bayern Munich go into the first home game of the year on Tuesday against 1. FC Köln unimpressed by the opponent’s seven-goal gala. The German Bundesliga conference is available from 8.30 p.m. here in the live ticker (below).
Here’s the live ticker: “The seven goals do more to Cologne than to us. Cologne won’t have less self-confidence now,” said coach Julian Nagelsmann before the game in the Allianz Arena. The Cologne team started the new year with a furious 7-1 win against Werder Bremen and had contributed a lot to making the weekend with 41 goals the highest-scoring round in 21 years, according to the data service provider Opta. Coach Steffen Baumgart warned to deal with the result “objectively” and recalled the starting position before the duel with the record champions. “Some want to be champions, others want to stay in the class,” he emphasized. Nevertheless, Baumgart demanded a self-confident appearance from his team. “We also want to play our kind of football in Munich. We want to act just as boldly as in the other games and not survive in Munich. A good performance can also lead to a good result,” explained Baumgart. Florian Kainz will attack on the left flank again, whether Dejan Ljubicic will be in the starting XI this time depends on Ellyes Skhiri’s injury.Nagelsmann calls for better offensive performanceThe Bayern coach also expects a courageous performance from the opponent. “They play very bravely, often with their visors open. We have to bring emotion onto the pitch and defend ourselves,” said Nagelsmann. He is hoping for a better attacking performance from his team compared to the 1-1 draw at RB Leipzig on Friday. The structure of the game was not optimal against the cup winners, the team lacked the rhythm, said the 35-year-old. He left it open whether Thomas Müller would be in the starting XI this time. “It’s always about evaluating the training and game performance, including the momentum,” said Nagelsmann. He has not yet decided on the Müller question. Marcel Sabitzer will probably only find a place on the substitutes’ bench again.Wolfsburg wants to keep up with the top groupVfL Wolfsburg wants to keep up with the top group after the 6-0 gala performance against Freiburg with a win at Hertha BSC in Berlin. Patrick Wimmer, who was substituted against Freiburg in the 78th minute, has not suffered a concussion and should be ready to play. In the duel Hoffenheim (Christoph Baumgartner) against Stuttgart, important points for staying up in the league are at stake.