Monday's papers were full of praise for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who hit a hat-trick against Bayern on Saturday
Monday's papers were full of praise for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who hit a hat-trick against Bayern on Saturday

Matchday 14: What the papers say

Munich - With 42 goals, five red cards, two own-goals and a memorable 3-3 draw between FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund, Bundesliga Matchday 14 was undoubtedly one for the history books.

As ever, brings you the German press reactions following another action-packed weekend in the top flight...

"Prince Pep" is the headline splashed across the sports pages of Bild, which kicks off its coverage with a glowing tribute to FC Bayern München coach Pep Guardiola.

"'Pep' has already won over the hearts of the Bayern players with his unique manner," writes the tabloid. "You can tell from the way the players celebrated their last-minute equaliser with the Spaniard that there's a special relationship there."

Meanwhile Die Welt lavished praise Dortmund's hat-trick hero Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who netted a first-half treble against the Bavarians to take his tally for the season up to 14: "It wasn't just the fans in the away block applauding him by the end, the Bayern fans - and players - showed their appreciation too. When Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben are squabbling over who gets to swap shirts with the magnificent Armenian, you know he's made it big..."

Among all the spectacular goals and celebrations, there was also some sad news over the weekend as it emerged former Bayern coach Pal Csernai passed away following a long battle with illness.

Süddeutsche Zeitung offered a moving obituary: "Treble winners Bayern are mourning the death of Pal Csernai. The former title winning coach died following a long battle with illness at his home on Sunday. He was 80. The Hungarian, who worked for the Bavarians between 1978 and 1983, led the club to two Bundesliga titles, the DFB Cup and a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup triumph in 1982 (...).

And finally, kicker gives us the lowdown on the latest transfer gossip. According to the sports daily, Bayern are on the verge of a sensational move for Manchester United FC forward Wayne Rooney.

"Rooney has had enough of the Premier League and wants to try the Bundesliga," it writes. "According to his agent, a €27m bid has been submitted by the Bavarians, but the relevant parties are yet to agree personal terms."