Bayern out to down Mainz to stay on top

SaturdayBayern     vs     Mainz    15:30    Dortmund     vs     LeverkusenStuttgart     vs     F DüsseldorfM’gladbach     vs     NurnbergHannover 96     vs     BremenSpVgg Fürth     vs     Schalke 04    18:30

Bayern     vs     Mainz    15:30    Dortmund     vs     Leverkusen
Stuttgart     vs     F Düsseldorf
M’gladbach     vs     Nurnberg
Hannover 96     vs     Bremen
SpVgg Fürth     vs     Schalke 04    18:30
SC Freiburg     vs     Hoffenheim    15:30
Frankfurt     vs     Hamburg SV    17:30

BERLIN - Bayern Munich host Mainz on Saturday looking for their third Bundesliga win of the season after club president Uli Hoeness dismissed champions Dortmund as just a “regional” team.

Bayern are set to start new signing Javier Martinez, who cost them a German league record €40 million from Athletic Bilbao a fortnight ago, alongside Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger, in midfield against Mainz.

Dortmund, who have won the German league title for the last two seasons, host Bayer Leverkusen with German Chancellor Angela Merkel expected to be in the crowd, but Hoeness has upped the ante with some trash talking.

“Dortmund is a relatively regional thing. Bayern is a global player,” Hoeness told a digital trade fair in Cologne. (Dortmund) will never, never, never catch up to our enormous success over the last 30 years. They will have to win the German title ten times in a row to perhaps be more popular.”

While Bayern have won away at Greuther Fuerth and trounced Stuttgart in Munich in their opening games, Dortmund opened their bid for a third consecutive league crown with a narrow win over Bremen and a draw at Nuremberg.

Both Bayern and Dortmund have UEFA Champions League games looming with Munich hosting Valencia on Wednesday while Borussia are at home to Ajax on Tuesday and Bavarian coach Jupp Heynckes has said he will rotate his squad.


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