Robben in dive apology

Arjen Robben has issued an apology for a “stupid” dive which took place during Bayern Munich’s victory over Bochum on Tuesday night.

The Dutch midfielder was booked for the incident which took place in the 41st minute of the match when he seemed to skip away from a challenge before throwing himself to the floor in stages.

Robben has now admitted that the decision was not the wisest, calling it “stupid”, but did not seem entirely repentant about what he had done.

BAYERN SUFFER SHOCK DEFEAT

Bayern Munich will be heading back to the basics on the training ground after the shock defeat at the hands of Mainz. Bayern Munich's form in recent weeks has certainly been extremely poor and a major source of concern for the Bundesliga leaders. With the latest defeat to Mainz, they are no longer the leaders of the German League, and have fallen back into the third. Dortmund have seized the opportunity to go top of the table. It was only recently that Dortmund managed to beat Bayern Munich. Not many would have thought that Bayern Munich would have suffered yet another defeat so soon.

DORTMUND CLOSE THE GAP

Reigning Bundesliga Champions Borussia Dortmund closed the gap on leaders Bayern Munich to just two points with a dramatic 1-0 victory in Munich, despite a late Bayern charge.

The main talking point before the game was the return of Bayern talisman Arjen Robben, however there were to be no celebrations for the flying Dutchman as his side failed to create chances in the first half, and left their assault too late to trouble the on-form Champions.

Mario Gotze was the man who provided the game's only goal, taking advantage of a cruel deflection to slip the ball into the bottom corner.

DORTMUND STAR WARNS BAYERN

Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller insists that the Bundesliga title race is still wide open - and that Dortmund are finally in the right form to start taking on the German Champions.

Having run Bayern close last season, Dortmund are keen to continue pushing for the top spot, and lie just three points behind the Bavarians.

"Sure, Bayern have an exceptional team with strong individual players, but they haven't won the championship title yet," Weidenfeller told the Bild.

JENNINGS CAN ADAPT

Parry has said that new signing Dale Jennings can adapt to life at Bayern Munich. Jennings, 18, has been linked with the Bavarians since the end of last season.

Parry told BBC Radio Merseyside: "He's a quiet lad, so the German won't be a problem because he can mutter in German as well as he can mutter in English.

"You don't pay that sort of money for a player and don't look after him so he'll be well looked after."

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BAYERN MUNICH WAITING FOR NEW SIGNS

Bundesliga giants are currently fighting to qualify for the Champions League, but are discussing squad alterations behind the scenes with final decisions to be announced in May.It is a season to forget. Earlier this week, in response to their continuing disappointing performances, Bayern Munich pulled the rip cord and dismissed coach Louis van Gaal.

LAHM PRAISES DEFENCE

Bayern Munich captain Phillip Lahm has said that he is extremely happy at the way that Bayern Munich's defence is performing at the moment.

He has asked the coach Louis van Gaal to alter some tactics in order to make the team powerful in defence. The German voiced his concern as the Munich giants have been conceding a lot of goals recently and have had a poor 2010-11 season after winning the double in the previous campaign.

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BAYERN TREAT VISITORS WELL

In Saturday’s match against Hoffenheim, Bayern finally treated their viewers to 90 minutes of football of the highest class. With the Champions League round of 16 just 11 days away, the reigning vice-champions of Europe put on a display that was dominant at both ends of the pitch for the entire match.

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MUNICH PLAY DOWN CLASH

Bayern Munich have played down the clash between the coach and Philipp Lahm recently. The Dutch winger Robben is said to have grabbed World Cup top scorer Mueller by the throat after the final whistle, allegedly disgusted that Mueller made a disparaging gesture after he executed a late free-kick poorly which he did not want Mueller to take.

'I really hate it when the players throw up their arms in such a way on the pitch. That is not respectful and we shouldn't be doing that,' said Robben.

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VILLA INTERESTED IN VAN BOMMEL

Aston Villa are interested in signing Bayern Munich midfielder Mark Van Bommel who will be out of contract in the summer. The Holland international comes out of contract at the Allianz Arena at the end of the season and is currently considering his options.

Plenty of clubs, including Tottenham, Manchester City and AC Milan, are keen on the hard-tackling midfielder and now Gerard Houllier’s Villa are showing considerable interest.

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