Created on 2016-09-16 at 12:47 PM by Redaktion
Five matches, five victories, a goal difference of 20 scored and not a single one conceded: Carlo Ancelotti's start in Munich has been immaculate. FC Bayern will take heart from the start of the traditional Oktoberfest: the Bavarians are nearly invincible in home matches during the Wiesn, winning every Bundesliga home match over the last five years in these periods. Carlo Ancelotti's troops aim to continue this streak as they entertain FC Ingolstadt on Saturday at 15.30 CET.
"Things are going very well for us at the moment. We have to try to continue this run," the Bayern head coach said around 24 hours before the all-Bavaria derby kicks off. "The Octoberfest is a very special period in Munich, but we have to concentrate on the match. Each match is very important for us. We have to be focused."
"It's a nice start, it gives us calm. But we have to keep our focus of course," said Philipp Lahm, who will miss the match just like Thomas Müller and David Alaba. The Bayern skipper expects "no easy task. Ingolstadt are aggressive opponents with a high willingness to run and players who're very dangerous on the break. But we won't settle for anything less than three points at the Allianz Arena."
After analysing two Ingolstadt matches Ancelotti is impressed: "They're very fast on the attack. They want to play football. I think it's going to be an open contest." He thus stressed once again: "We have to give it 100 percent!"
FCI aim to 'put up a fight'
The visitors have only taken one point in two matches, but their statements confirm Ancelotti's warning: "We have no fear as we travel to Munich. We want to put a a fight," announced Ingolstadt forward Pascal Groß. Coach Markus Kauczinski, who will be without Romain Brégerie (calf problem) and Sonny Kittel (rehab), commented: "We won't hide away. We'll only take something away if we turn in a courageous display." However, "we know everything has to be perfect for that," according to Kauczinski.