Bayern Munich bounce back from Champions League exit with mammoth Mainz win

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James Rodriguez netted a hat-trick as Bayern ran riot.

Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac felt his side played with “zest” and “verve” and were deserved 6-0 winners against Mainz.

There was no Champions League hangover for Bayern as they returned to the top of the Bundesliga table in emphatic style on Sunday.

James Rodriguez scored a hat-trick while Robert Lewandowski, Kingsley Coman and Alphonso Davies were also on the scoresheet for the reigning champions as they bounced back from their midweek home defeat to Liverpool.

The win, Bayern’s 13th in their last 14 league games, saw Kovac’s team move back above rivals Borussia Dortmund on goal difference at the summit.

“A compliment to the lads. We’re pleased we’re at the top again. We saw a lot of zest today, a whole lot of verve, very many good moves,” Kovac told the club’s official website.

“Taken altogether it was a deserved win and the right margin of victory. Now we can work calmly and with focus in the two-week international break.”

I like what I see: Niko Kovac.

I like what I see: Niko Kovac.

Thomas Muller, one of five changes Kovac made to the side that were knocked out of the Champions League four days ago, emphasised the importance of Bayern bouncing back quickly – especially after Dortmund’s injury-time win 24 hours previously.

He said: “We absolutely wanted to turn in a good display, we had ambitious plans after Wednesday. We wanted to take our chances and strike back.

“Dortmund did their homework yesterday evening. I’m glad we got into the game so well. We were clearly superior from the start. The way we played was just fun, we were flexible and exploited the space well.

“It was important to improve our goal difference in the last three matches. The table is looking better than in the first half of the season of course.”

Mainz became the second successive side to lose 6-0 at the Allianz Arena in the Bundesliga, following Wolfsburg last weekend.

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Serge Gnabry signs three-year contract extension at Bayern Munich

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Serge Gnabry has signed a new three-year contract extension at Bayern Munich which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2022/2023 season, the Bundesliga side have announced.

The 23-year-old has become an integral part of Niko Kovac’s side since breaking into the team at the start of the season.

Gnabry has scored eight goals in 29 appearances for Die Roten this campaign and the Germany international’s performances have earned him a new deal at the Allianz Arena.

He told the club’s official website: “I’m feeling very, very much at home here. It’s great fun to play for this team. Of course I hope for many titles and great moments, and I’m looking forward to a good future with FC Bayern.

“In terms of football, things are going very well for me at the moment, but I know I still have room for improvement and that I’ll have to continue to get better.”

Gnabry came through the academy at Stuttgart before Arsenal signed the forward as a 16-year-old in 2011, but he struggled for first-team football and was offloaded to Werder Bremen in August 2016.

He lasted just one season at the Weserstadion before joining Bayern, although he had to bide his time with a fruitful loan spell at Hoffenheim last season, where he netted 10 times in 26 games in all competitions.

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Kingsley Coman could miss Bayern Munich's Champions League clash with Liverpool

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Coman re-injured his ankle and could be a major doubt for Bayern.

Bayern Munich star Kingsley Coman is a doubt for his side’s Champions League clash with Liverpool on Tuesday after limping out of their 3-2 win at Augsburg.

Coman scored twice to bring his side back from behind before David Alaba scored a second-half winner which helped Bayern reduce the gap to Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund to two points.

But Coman suffered an apparent recurrence of a left ankle injury deep into injury time, which forced him to hobble from the field.

Bayern coach Niko Kovac told Eurosport: “We will have to see what happened to Kingsley – according to the doctors, it does not look that good at the moment.”

The Frenchman has already undergone two operations on the ankle, the first of which ruled him out of last year’s World Cup and the second after a recurrence on the opening day of the current season.

Kovac, who admitted Coman gave his side a “a different dimension”, admitted too many of his players may have had the Liverpool game on their mind as they conceded the opening goal after just 14 seconds.

“We struggled to get into the game,” added Kovac on his club’s official website. “I can’t remember conceding a goal so early and that was very annoying.

“It was more clear-cut in the second half. Taken altogether it was a workmanlike, but deserved, victory. Maybe some of us had Liverpool on their minds – it’s not good but it’s human.”

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