Ribery sets Bayern three wins target
French midfielder Franck Ribery on Thursday challenged Bavarian giants Bayern Munich to beat VfL Wolfsburg, FC Zurich and Hamburg in their next three games to get their season back on track.
Bayern were stunned last Sunday when they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Borussia Moenchengladbach and face 2009 German league champions Wolfsburg away on Saturday.
The Bavarians also face FC Zurich in a UEFA Champions League qualifier first-leg, on Wednesday in Munich, before taking on Hamburg in the German league next weekend, and Ribery has set his side the task of winning the lot. "It's very important to win at Wolfsburg, but we want to win three straight games," Ribery said at a news conference in Munich.
Ribery came off the bench against Gladbach last weekend after suffering an ankle injury in pre-season training, but says he is ready to face Wolves. "I have trained well since the defeat," he said. "I was hurt for a week, but I had prepared well for the season ahead before that. I can play and give 100 per cent. It's good for me to get the rhythm and confidence."
The 28-year-old French star said he was working well with Bayern's new coach Jupp Heynckes having not always seen eye-to-eye with his predecessor Louis van Gaal. "I trust him (Heynckes). He knows that I always give 100 per cent. I am more motivated," said the Bayern midfielder, who said working under Van Gaal for two years had been "very hard for me without a lot of fun."