Magath relishing return to Munich

Nov 23, 2007 - 6:50 PM Special to PA SportsTicker

Wolfsburg manager Felix Magath is looking forward to returning to former club Bayern Munich at the weekend.

Magath won the Bundesliga and German Cup double twice in two seasons with Bayern but it was not enough, with an inconsistent first half to last season and a 3-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in their opening game of 2007 seeing him relieved of his duties.

Ottmar Hitzfeld, the man Magath replaced two years previously, returned as Bayern coach but was still unable to qualify for the Champions League.

Since June the 54-year-old Magath has been in charge of Wolfsburg and admitted he is relishing his first return to the Allianz Arena.

"The stadium was almost always a sell-out and, with the double double when I was in charge there, Bayern were very successful," Magath told Kicker magazine. "I am looking forward to going back there.

"But my train of thought is on how Wolfsburg is developing and not what might have been. Up to now, it is running just about as I had planned, but when you build a house, you have to wait until it is up before saying if it is good or not."

Should Magath be able to get one over his former club, he could help take Bayern off the top of the Bundesliga table for the first time this season.

Werder Bremen and Hamburg have both moved to within one point of the league leader and will be looking to capitalize on any possible slip-up to move to the summit.

Bremen travels to bottom side Cottbus on Saturday while Hamburg must wait until Sunday - by which time it will have a clearer picture of what three points would mean - for its northern derby against Hansa Rostock.

On Friday night, Karlsruhe has the chance to move to within two points of Bayern if it can extend its remarkable start to the season with a home win over Hertha Berlin.

However, its opponents will be keen to move into the top five with an away win and are pulling out all the stops to do so.

Striker Marko Pantelic has been offered a private jet to fly him in from Serbia and back to Belgrade after the game to allow him to play for his country on Saturday.

Duisburg and Arminia Bielefeld will have to do considerably less travelling as they make short trips for their away games in Leverkusen and Bochum respectively.

Elsewhere, Stuttgart's recent revival will be put to the test by Frankfurt and high-flying Hannover faces Schalke at the AWD Arena on Saturday.

Nurnberg is still in trouble as it prepares to welcome Dortmund to the Franken Stadium on Sunday.

Hans Meyer's side has won just one of six home games this season and needs to register a second on Sunday to close the gap on the safety zone, which already stands at five points.






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