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Guardiola admits Bayern injury concerns

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola admitted Friday to having concerns about his team's mounting injury problems.

Guardiola admits Bayern injury concerns
Photo: DPA

Last season's treble winners have not yet lost in this campaign, winning 11 and drawing two matches in the Bundesliga while winning all five Champions
League encounters.

But ahead of Saturday's visit of Eintracht Braunschweig, Guardiola said they would be fighting a rearguard battle until Christmas.

"We're going to need to survive for two or three weeks," said the Catalan coach, who will lead his side to Morocco in a couple of weeks time for the
Club World Cup.

"But we have to make do, that's why we have a second team."

Captain Philipp Lahm is the latest addition to the treatment table with a hamstring injury, joining the likes of vice-captain Bastian Schweinsteiger, France winger Franck Ribery, Peru striker Claudio Pizarro, Switzerland wideman Xherdan Shaqiri and Germany defender Holger Badstuber.

Guardiola does at least have first choice Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic and full-back Diego Contento back for the clash with the Bundesliga's basement sitters, as the reigning champions seek to extend their record unbeaten run in the league to 39 matches.

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FOOTBALL

Frankfurt shock Bayern in German Cup final and ruin Heynckes farewell

Ante Rebic ruined Jupp Heynckes' farewell as Bayern Munich coach on Saturday with the Croatia striker scoring twice as Eintracht Frankfurt claimed an upset 3-1 win in the German Cup final.

Frankfurt shock Bayern in German Cup final and ruin Heynckes farewell
Frankfurt's players celebrate after the German Cup DFB Pokal final football match in Berlin on Saturday. Photo: Tobias Schwarz/AFP
The victory gave Eintracht boss Niko Kovac his first trophy as a coach in his final match before leaving to take over from Heynckes at Bayern. 
 
After Rebic's opening goal, Robert Lewandowski equalised for Munich early in the second half. However, Rebic added his late second before substitute Mijat Gacinovic tapped into an empty net just before the whistle to delight Frankfurt fans and break Bayern's hearts.
 
“Everyone said that we'd be beaten out of the stadium,” said Frankfurt's Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng. “But we showed heart and it was Bayern who were beaten.”
 
This was supposed to be Heynckes' farewell party with Bayern sending their 73-year-old head coach into retirement with the German cup and league double having wrapped up a sixth straight Bundesliga title.
 
“It was an avoidable defeat and sometimes defeat belongs to sport,” said Heynckes graciously. “We made a serious mistake before they went 1-0 up. If you don't exploit your chances, then you can't win a cup match like that.”
 
It is exactly 30 years since Eintracht last won the German Cup as they lifted the trophy for the fifth time.
 
“I am happy that we have won the cup after 30 years,” said Rebic. “The team deserves it, Bayern are always the favourites, but at the end it was us who won the cup.”