Augsburg (dpa / lby) - After recently rather bumpy appearances in the Bundesliga, FC Bayern wants to achieve a befitting success at the first half of the season.

At the Free State duel in Augsburg today (8.30 p.m.), coach Hansi Flick is hoping for confirmation of his assessment that the record champions are back on track.

The Munich team lost in Mönchengladbach and in the DFB Cup at second division Kiel, but then celebrated a 2-1 at home against SC Freiburg on Sunday, albeit with luck in the end.

With a success, Bayern would consolidate their lead.

For defense chief David Alaba, the farewell tour in Augsburg should begin in the jersey of the triple winner.

Coach Flick no longer expects the Austrian to stay beyond the summer.

According to Spanish media reports, Real Madrid are on the verge of signing Alaba.

National player Serge Gnabry could be fit again after an injury against Freiburg.

At Augsburg, Marco Richter will return to the team after a suspension and probably also Iago after an injury.

The mood in Swabia is clouded after goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz recently reprimanded his colleagues and, according to a newspaper report, there was a dispute between coach Heiko Herrlich and striker Florian Niederlechner in the dressing room.

The FCA now hopes that these incidents sharpen the senses and provide additional motivation.


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