Heynckes: Bayern can deal with pressure

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has said he intends to see out the 15 months left on his contract.

"I have a contract here and I am working on the assumption I will see it out," said the 66-year-old, who has a deal in Munich until June 2013.

Heynckes also said he is ignoring any negative reports. "They don't bother me, they don't weigh me down," he insisted.

With two months and ten games left this season, second-placed Bayern are seven points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga. They must also overturn a 1-0 deficit against FC Basel on Tuesday to reach the last eight of the UEFA Champions League in the home leg of their last-16 tie.

Bayern have taken a dive in form since December with just four wins in their last nine games and Heynckes admits it is an "unsatisfactory situation". "I am energetic and feel relaxed. I carry out my job with a passion. I know that we can turn the tide," he said ahead of Saturday's Bundesliga match at home against Hoffenheim.

I am convinced we know how to win and deal with the pressure. 
Jupp Heynckes, Bayern Munich coach

Bayern were defeated 2-0 at Leverkusen last Saturday, but Heynckes says after a week of good training his team will perform at Munich's Allianz Arena both on Saturday against Hoffenheim and next Tuesday against Basel.

"We have had a very good mood in training which we will show on Saturday and Tuesday," he said. "I am convinced we know how to win and deal with the pressure."

Even though his side are lagging behind Dortmund in the league, Heynckes said his team still have everything to play for. "We haven't written anything off, has the title been decided after only 24 games? It will be settled at the end of the season."

Heynckes' hopes of improving Bayern's fortunes received a boost yesterday, though, when Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger returned to training after tearing ankle ligaments at the start of February.