Berlin, 14 February
Bayern Munich hope Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will start against Freiburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday as the holders warm-up for next week’s Champions League clash at Arsenal. The 29-year-old made his comeback after three months out with an ankle injury, playing the last 25 minutes of Wednesday’s 5-0 romp at Hamburg in the German Cup quarter-finals. Schweinsteiger is set to feature at Munich’s Allianz Arena as the European champions prepare to face the Gunners away in Wednesday’s last 16, first leg, of the Champions League.
Coach Pep Guardiola welcomed back his midfield general: "It’s super, super, super news, he has huge experience, but he still needs time." Such is Bayern’s strength in depth that they have continued to pick up wins even without the likes of Schweinsteiger and injured France winger Franck Ribery, who is out until March after an operation on his buttocks. Bayern have won all of their last nine matches, are unbeaten in a record 45 league matches and are 13 points clear in the table. Freiburg coach Christian Streich has suggested some unusual tactics against the league leaders — to make sure Bayern enjoy themselves. "Bayern should have fun and they only have that when they play against a good opponent," said the eccentric Streich, with his side 15th in the league, just above the relegation places.
Third-placed Borussia Dortmund are chasing a second win this week over Eintracht Frankfurt.