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Guardiola aiming to revitalise Ribery

25 April 2014 19:00

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is hoping Franck Ribery will soon be back to his best following a recent dip in form.

The France winger has been a key figure in Bayern's side for several years and finished third in the voting for the FIFA Ballon D'Or in January.

However, Ribery has struggled to hit his peak since returning from a spell on the sidelines with a muscular injury earlier this year.

Assessing Ribery's recent displays, Guardiola said: "It's a problem for the coach to find the right solution.

"I have to support him and I speak to him every day.

"He always fights for the team. The problem is not in his legs, it's in his head."

Bayern host Werder Bremen on Saturday in a match that falls in between the two legs of their UEFA Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid.

Guardiola's men were beaten 1-0 in Madrid on Wednesday, despite enjoying long spells of possession, and the coach is pondering changes for the Bremen fixture.

"I have to think about rotating the side, but I will decide after speaking to a few players," the Spaniard said on Friday.

"We need the same fighting spirit (as in Madrid). I said after the defeat in Madrid that I am proud of the team and the way they played."

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Competition
Bundesliga
Date
26 April 2014
Game week
32
Kick-off
15:30
Half-time
1 - 2
Full-time
5 - 2
Venue
Allianz-Arena (München)
Attendance
71000

Goals

0 - 1
10' T. Gebre Selassie
 (assist by C. Makiadi)
F. Ribéry 20'
(assist by C. Pizarro) 
1 - 1
1 - 2
36' A. Hunt
 (assist by F. Di Santo)
C. Pizarro 53'
(assist by T. Müller) 
2 - 2
C. Pizarro 57'
(assist by D. Alaba) 
3 - 2
B. Schweinsteiger 61'
(assist by P. Lahm) 
4 - 2
A. Robben 74'  
5 - 2

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
17
27
4
31 61'
7 20'
8
19
23
14 53' 57'
25 38'
Coach: Guardiola

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
21
10 74'
26
9
32
39
# Player Bookings
17
11
18
1
5
24
25

Sunday 31 August

Saturday 30 August

23:42
23:26
23:19
23:16
23:06
22:57
22:51
22:51
22:33
22:23
22:02
21:39
21:21
21:19
21:17
21:02
20:55
20:42
20:41
20:41
20:34
20:15
20:14
20:14
20:13
19:59
19:53
19:48
19:42
19:20
19:17
19:01
18:36
18:16
18:01
18:00
17:55
17:53
17:42
17:20
17:11
16:30
16:22
16:20
16:18
16:09
15:59
15:45
15:39
15:20
12:51
12:35
12:24
12:03
11:03
11:02
10:12
06:42
05:53
02:54
02:42
02:39
01:22

Friday 29 August

23:21
23:19
22:45
22:38
22:29
21:53
21:30
21:28
21:09
20:45
20:21
19:51
19:30
19:24
19:24
18:56
18:34
17:31
16:53
16:19
16:17
16:00
15:58
15:48
15:40
15:28
15:16
15:16
15:05
14:05
13:35
13:29
13:11
12:59
12:50
12:50
12:29
12:18
11:37
11:35
11:10
10:55
10:44
10:43
10:29
10:11
10:06
09:47
09:47
09:40
09:23
07:26
06:40
06:35
05:41
05:07
04:39
04:36
04:30
03:28
02:57
02:29
01:42
01:00

Bundesliga table

# Team MP D P
1 2 +4 6
2 2 +3 4
3 2 +2 4
4 2 +2 4
5 2 +1 4
6 2 +1 4
7 1 +1 3
8 2 -1 3
9 2 +0 2
10 1 +0 1
11 1 +0 1
12 2 -1 1
13 2 -1 1
14 2 -2 1
15 2 -2 1
16 2 -3 1
17 1 -1 0
18 2 -3 0

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