Hertha BSC Berlin vs Bayern Munich - Ancelotti calls for Bayern focus to turn to title tilt

Posted Saturday, February 18, 2017 by PA

Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti wants his players to quickly focus on maintaining their lead at the top of the Bundesliga when they travel to Hertha Berlin on the back of a 5-1 trashing of Arsenal in the Champions League.

The Gunners were taken apart at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday evening, as the English side shipped three goals in the space of 10 minutes during the second half to leave Bayern all but secure of a place in the quarter-finals.

Bayern head into the next round of Bundesliga games with a seven-point lead over Red Bull Leipzig.

Ancelotti, though, knows the trip to the Olympiastadion will be no easy ride, with Hertha having won eight of their nine home games this season and conceded only four goals.

"Of course we always want to play like we did against Arsenal, but that's not possible. The Bundesliga is a different competition with 34 games. We only have two against Arsenal," Ancelotti said at a press conference.

"The game against Arsenal has given us more confidence and certainty for the upcoming games.

"Hertha are a good team and did well in the first half of the season. It'll be a tough and important game. We have to prepare well and concentrate hard tomorrow."

With little recovery time, Ancelotti may look to freshen up the side.

"I might make some changes tomorrow," the Italian said.

However, forward Franck Ribery, who has a thigh problem, is not expected to be available until the visit of Hamburg on February 25 and defender Jerome Boateng will need around three more weeks of recovery following surgery on a chest injury.

Hertha have struggled for consistency on their return to action following the winter break.

Pal Dardai's side have lost three Bundesliga matches in 2017, which has seen them slip down to sixth place, and were knocked out of the DFB-Pokal on penalties by Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern have beaten Hertha in each of their last 11 meetings, their last defeat coming back in February 2009.

Dardai, though, intends to focus on a positive approach.

The Hungarian said at a press conference: "We have our plan and our ideas. As we have not scored a goal against Bayern since I have been here, then let that be our first target.

"Everybody knows Bayern are a great team with a great roster, and are the only club who have been performing consistency on all levels, including in the Champions League.

"We see a chance for us, it is a game where, if you go to the limit together, then maybe you can get a point, or even three points.

"If we look at (our last) seven (Bundesliga) games, with only two wins, that is too little, so there is frustration from the team and we have to come back."

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