Bundesliga wrap: Bayern Munich continue charge towards Arsenal

Bundesliga wrap: Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich warm up for their Arsenal clash with a 4-0 victory over SC Freiburg

By Tom Rowland

Bayern charge towards Arsenal

Pep Guardiola seemingly had an eye on the Champions League last-16 first-leg against Arsenal as he rotated his starting line-up at home against Freiburg on Saturday. Their impressive squad depth showed though as they comfortably beat the team from the Black Forest 4-0 with starlet Xherdan Shaqiri hitting two in the first half. Unfortunately the Swiss international picked up an injury and will be out for around two weeks. With the match 3-0 at half-time, Guardiola had the luxury of substituting Arjen Robben and Philipp Lahm in the second half. The Gunners beware! In an interview with the Guardian over the weekend, Lahm admitted the Bndesliga champions-elect are anticipating their return to European action. He said: “We are really looking forward to coming back to the Champions League”. In this form, what price an Arsenal victory? (in fact the north London side’s price is a rather large 7/2 with Paddy Power)

Dortmund are back

Dortmund are back! That high intense, attack-minded, lovable Borussia Dortmund seem back to their best. Off the back of their 5-1 win over Werder Bremen last week they dismantled Eintracht Frankfurt 4-0 at home with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring twice. While they also kept their first clean sheet in 12 Bundesliga matches. Jürgen Klopp seems to have got his team playing their best football at the crucial stage of the season ahead of the Champions League restart. Add to that he seems to have unearthed another gem in the form of Serbian Miloš Jojić – he scored with his first touch on a dream debut.

Hamburg dismiss Bert van Marwijk

Bert van Marwijk tenure as Hamburg coach came to an expected end following a humiliating 4-2 defeat by bottom-of-the-table Eintracht Braunschweig. Hamburg, especially goalkeeper René Adler, were woeful at the back and self-destructured on Saturday afternoon to end Marwijk’s reign after just 143 days. This was HSV’s seventh straight Bundesliga defeat – a club record. The ‘Dino’ of the Bundesliga, whose club website proudly displays this with a clock of how long they have been in the Bundesliga, may soon see their time is up. Mirko Slomka is mooted to be the man to save Hamburg, with an appointment expect on Sunday or Monday, as number one target Felix Magath is now surprisingly at Fulham.

Consistent Schalke?

Jens Keller’s head has been called for many times during his stint as head coach at Schalke, but he has been backed by the board and it now seems a wise choice. The Royal Blues defeated Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 at the BayArena to make it four wins from four in 2014. They have been getting the results and playing the type of football many thought they should have been doing earlier in the season. The return of Klass-Jan Huntelaar has been key and sure enough it was he who headed in the winning goal. The victory for fourth-placed Schalke sees the gap to second place Leverkusen cut down to just three points.

Results: Mainz 2-0 Hannover, Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayern Munich 4-0 Freiburg, Werder Bremen 1-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach, Hoffenheim 4-1 Stuttgart, Eintracht Braunschweig 4-2 Hamburg, Bayer Leverkusen 1-2 Schalke, Augsburg 0-1 Nürnberg, Hertha Berlin 1-2 Wolfsburg

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