Munich and others hope for consistency in crazy Bundesliga

March 13th, 2009 - 6:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Hamburg, March 13 (DPA) Champions Bayern Munich hope for consistency at last in a crazy Bundesliga season in which they trail surprise leaders Hertha Berlin by four points.
Coming off a 5-1 win over Hanover 96 in the league and a 7-1 Champions League demolition of Sporting Lisbon, Munich hope for more goals at lowly VfL Bochum Saturday.

At the same time, Hertha take on Bayer Leverkusen, who are the best away team in the league.

Hertha lead the way with 46 points, with Munich, TSG Hoffenheim, VfL Wolfsburg and SV Hamburg all on 42 points. Munich and Hoffenheim even have exactly the same goal difference of 49-31.

“We have had too many ups and downs. But that doesn’t apply to Munich alone, the whole league is a mess,” said Munich president Franz Beckenbauer in an interview with Thursday’s edition of Kicker sports magazine.

“I said at an early stage that the first team with stable performances will win the title. The only team which plays rather consistant is Hertha, but they don’t play like a champion either.”

Coming in the wake of a cup elimination in Leverkusen, a league draw in Bremen and home defeat against Cologne, the two big wins over the past week have given Munich coach Juergen Klinsmann a breather.

But Beckenbauer warned that no one should be deceived by the dozen goals, saying that the expectations in Munich “have not been fulfilled.”

Captain Mark van Bommel warned: “You can dream for a day but not any longer because Bochum wait on Saturday.”

Italy striker Luca Toni remains sidelined with injury, but Frenchman Franck Ribery should be back in Bochum from a shinbone problem.

Munich have won the last three matches in Bochum, while Bochum scored twice late in the game to salvage a 3-3 draw in their first season meeting in Munich last autumn.

Hertha, for their part, have quietly moved up in the standings in recent weeks and months, losing just twice in 12 games.

“There is no secret to the success. I just do my best to move forward step by step,” said their Swiss coach Lucien Favre.

Ukraine forward Andriy Voronin scored a hat-trick in last week’s 3-1 win against Energie Cottbus as the club’s regular top forward Marko Pantelic has failed to make the starting 11 after an injury.

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