Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes thought his side had played
“textbook football” in thrashing Hamburg 9-2 on Saturday.
The win, the biggest ever inside the Allianz Arena, took Bayern
to within three points of clinching the Bundesliga title.
It more than satisfied Heynckes, who had feared his side may not
have taken the task so seriously in view of the Champions League
quarter-final against Juventus on Tuesday.
“It was important that we carried on the way we have been going
in recent weeks and that means that we keep winning our games,”
said Heynckes after his side’s 10th straight Bundesliga win – a new
“It was important for us to tank up on self-confidence.
“We played textbook football at times and we’ve got to do
something similar on Tuesday because we have other objectives for
While Heynckes admitted that the title is now theirs, he spoke
with caution about his side’s chances in the Champions League.
With Juventus enjoying a similarly successful season in Serie A,
with a nine-point lead at the top, Heynckes has warned not to
expect them to roll over in the same way Hamburg did.
“It’s going to be a completely different game on Tuesday,” he
said. “Juventus are a top European side who are aggressive and run
The hosts will check on Mathieu Baudry ahead of the game. The
defender has missed three matches, including Friday’s 2-1 defeat at
Scunthorpe, with a hip injury but is close to returning to
Baudry’s return would be a welcome boost with fellow centre-half
Scott Cuthbert last week ruled out for the rest of the season with
a fractured metatarsal.
Right-back Elliot Omozusi had to deputise in the centre
alongside captain Nathan Clarke at Glanford Park.
Elsewhere, winger Lee Cook could return to the starting line-up
after coming on as a substitute on Friday.
Veteran midfielder Martin Rowlands may drop to the bench after
playing 75 minutes on his return from a groin niggle.
Shakers boss Kevin Blackwell has no new injury worries for the
Easter Monday trip to London.
His side collected a potentially vital point in their battle
against relegation on Good Friday as Andy Bishop’s stoppage-time
penalty pegged Crewe back for a 2-2 draw at Gigg Lane.
Tom Soares scored Bury’s first equaliser and played 84 minutes
on his return from a hamstring haematoma – a problem that initially
looked set to keep the former Crystal Palace midfielder out for the
Northern Ireland international striker David Healy came off the
bench to replace Soares for his fifth club appearance of 2013, none
of which have been starts.
Long-term absentees Craig Jones (hamstring/thigh), Phil Picken
(knee), Adam Lockwood (groin) and Shane Byrne (blood infection)
will all miss the rest of the campaign.
The hosts could be boosted by the return of Jamie Murphy.
The striker lost his fitness battle and missed Friday’s win at
Tranmere due to a hamstring injury, but is expected to be back in
Danny Wilson’s side bounced back from a heavy defeat at
Stevenage with a professional display at promotion rivals Tranmere
that keeps them in the hunt for a top-two finish and the manager is
unlikely to make too many unforced changes, if any, against the
Defender Danny Higginbotham and on-loan Leeds striker Dominic
Poleon are pushing for recalls, while forward Chris Porter is
hoping to make his first appearance since returning to the club
from his loan spell at Shrewsbury.
The Blades, two points behind second-placed Bournemouth with two
games in hand, could climb back into an automatic promotion spot
The visitors are expected to be without injured winger Matty
Robson, who suffered a recurrence of a back injury and last just
nine minutes before being withdrawn from Friday’s 2-2 home draw
Dave Symington replaced Robson and is a likely candidate to
start on the right wing, with Jon-Paul McGovern switching over to
Carlisle boss Greg Abbott has confirmed goalkeeper Mark
Gillespie, who had returned from a one-game ban in place of Adam
Collin, will start at Bramall Lane despite his two errors which led
to the Shrews’ goals.
Striker Mathieu Manset is hoping to make his first start for the
Cumbrians after appearing for the second time off the substitutes’
bench against Shrewsbury.
Abbott must decide whether to stick with teenager Mark Beck up
front alongside Lee Miller or hand Frenchman Manset a place in his