Carlo Ancelotti has declared that it is too early to be talking of crisis at Bayern Munich but that assertion will only hold water if the Bavarians return to winning ways in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League clash at home against Dutch side PSV Eindhoven.
Bayern have never lost at home to visitors from the Netherlands (W7 D2), hence anything short of victory this term will not be seen as a plausible result.
The pressure is even more on the Bavarians having failed to record a victory in three consecutive games, which included their first loss of the season – which came at the hands of Atletico Madrid on Matchday 2 via a solitary strike by Yannick Carrasco.
It is expected that Bayern will be full of confidence as the form of Phillip Cocu’s men is by no means threatening.
PSV have drawn three games consecutively – which includes the 2-2 draw on Matchday 2. They are still searching for their first victory in Group D.
Ribery was unavailable for the Frankfurt game due to muscular problems and is not expected to return until the end of October, whilst Arturo Vidal has returned to full training after recovering from his bout of flu, but is expected to play no part.
Douglas Costa and Javi Martinez also returned to full training ahead of the tie and are also expected to play no part in the tie.
Andres Guardado and Luuk de Jong are expected to return to action for PSV after recovering from a knock picked up against Heerenveen.
Jorrit Hendrix, Jurgen Locadia and Luuk Koopman are suffering from long-term injuries (knee, groin and shoulder respectively) and will play no part in the encounter as they continue their rehabilitation.
Carlo Ancelotti, Bayern coach
The players here are very professional and intelligent. They understand the performances haven’t been so good recently. I think it’s too early to talk about a crisis. Arjen Robben is a fantastic player. He played very well in the last few games and scored two goals. I’m certain he can help the team [in this game]. Every player trained today – Arturo Vidal, Douglas Costa, Juan Bernat and Javi Martínez all trained well. Only Ribéry is missing.
Phillip Cocu, PSV coach
We look forward to playing against such big opponents. We are focused and will go into the game with confidence. We definitely have the chance of talking a positive result back to Holland. Arjen Robben will be a handful for our defenders, but our team is preparing to face Bayern München, not Arjen Robben. Bayern will be desperate to end their winless run, but if we can stay in the game, who knows?