Bayern Munich’s caretaker coach Jupp Heynckes says that his goal is to ensure his side qualify for the Champions League.
“A club like Bayern Munich must be playing in the Champions League next year,” said Heynckes who took over on Monday following the dismissal of Jurgen Klinsmann.
“Five teams can still win the league and the players are better, for example, than the way they played last weekend.”
Klinsmann was sacked following a 1-0 home defeat to Schalke that left the defending champions in third place three points behind leaders Wolfsburg.
Heynckes, 63, said he was “surprised” to be asked to take over from Klinsmann, but he accepted the position “out of friendship for Bayern Munich and for Uli (Hoeness, Bayern team manager).”
Heynckes was set to take his first training session on Tuesday afternoon and wants to hold one-to-one talks with the players.
“I want to see how the players are moving, how active they are,” he said.
Heynckes’ first game in charge this Saturday will be against Borussia Moenchengladbach, the club he represented for eight years, winning four Bundesliga crowns and the UEFA Cup, in 1975.
“It’s not exactly a dream start,” he admitted.
Although Bayern are only three points off the pace, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Hertha Berlin are also in the race for the Bundesliga title.