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Heynckes hankers after Bayern success

Published: Friday 23 September 2011, 9.00CET
Jupp Heynckes returns to Bayer 04 Leverkusen with FC Bayern München and Ligue 1 leaders Montpellier Hérault SC face a test as selects this weekend's must-see ties.
Heynckes hankers after Bayern success
Jupp Heynckes will meet his former employers this weekend ©Getty Images features

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Published: Friday 23 September 2011, 9.00CET

Heynckes hankers after Bayern success

Jupp Heynckes returns to Bayer 04 Leverkusen with FC Bayern München and Ligue 1 leaders Montpellier Hérault SC face a test as selects this weekend's must-see ties.

Germany: FC Bayern München v Bayer 04 Leverkusen (Saturday, 18.30)
"I spent two intense, wonderful years at Leverkusen and I have not forgotten them in the space of three months," said Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes as he prepared to face his former employers. Bayern hope striker Mario Gomez can shake off a groin problem, while Franck Ribéry thinks he is getting back to his best form, explaining: "It is no secret that things did not work out between me and [former Bayern coach] Louis van Gaal. Now I feel free again and am taking real pleasure from playing football." Leverkusen lost 4-1 at home to local rivals 1. FC Köln in their most recent game, with captain Simon Rolfes saying: "I don't think we have ever had so many players sidelined with injuries."

Ukraine: FC Dynamo Kyiv v FC Shakhtar Donetsk (Saturday, 19.00)
Dynamo still have the upper hand in the 39 previous Premier League games between Ukraine's big two, recording 18 wins to Shakhtar's ten, but with six titles in the last decade, the Pitmen are the dominant force at the moment, leading their arch-rivals by goal difference alone at the top of the table. With big European games to come next week, a win would be a massive morale boost for both sides. In third place, four points adrift of the top two, FC Metalist Kharkiv will look to make up ground on at least one of the big guns when they play host to Juande Ramos's struggling FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.

Italy: SSC Napoli v ACF Fiorentina (Saturday, 20.45)
A 1-0 loss at AC Chievo Verona on Wednesday put a crimp in Napoli's style, toppling them from the summit of Serie A, but coach Walter Mazzarri is hoping to get over it quickly as his side take on Fiorentina. "There is not enough time to get upset," he said. "We have a very busy week ahead and we have to start thinking about Fiorentina." The Viola beat Parma FC 3-0 in midweek, Stevan Jovetić striking twice, and boss Siniša Mihajlović hopes to build on that success an avoid the "ups and downs" that characterised the team's first season under his command.

Netherlands: AFC Ajax v FC Twente (Saturday, 20.45)
One point separates the sides that have shared out the major honours in the Netherlands in the last two seasons, taking a league title and a Dutch Cup each. Twente beat ADO Den Haag 5-2 last weekend to go top of the table, but coach Co Adriaanse said: "We did not play that well. With Nacer Chadli injured and Bryan Ruiz's transfer [to Fulham FC] we have lost two very creative players. We have yet to cope with that as a team." The game in Amsterdam will be Adriaanse's 500th as a coach in the top two Dutch leagues; he headed up Ajax's youth division from 1992-97 and coached the club from 2000-01.

France: Montpellier Hérault SC v Paris Saint-Germain FC (Saturday, 21.00)
Back on top on Ligue 1 following a 3-1 midweek win at AC Ajaccio, René Girard's Montpellier continue to fight well above their weight, but they need to be at their absolute best if they are to get a result against big-budget PSG at La Mosson. Just two points separate the two sides in the table, and PSG are unbeaten in nine games in all competitions, with a UEFA Europa League game against Athletic Club to come next Thursday. Montpellier boss Girard, however, is feeling optimistic. The 57-year-old said: "After picking up four points in two games on the road, we're very calm about hosting PSG."

Spain: FC Barcelona v Club Atlético de Madrid (Saturday, 22.00)
Atlético defender Álvaro Domínguez will have his work cut out when his side face Barcelona, the Liga's 17-goal top scorers, but the UEFA European Under-21 Championship winner is confident Los Rojiblancos' new hero Falcao can cause Josep Guardiola's side problems at Camp Nou. The Colombian has scored six goals in his last three Atlético outings, and Domínguez said: "It would suit us perfectly if his fine run continues. We've won our last three and are in good spirits; we'll be looking to take another three points in what is always a difficult place to get a result."

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