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GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

2017/2018 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
1 Bayern 27 3 4 84
2 Schalke 18 9 7 63
3 Hoffenheim 15 10 9 55
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 By Mark Lovell

James facing 'difficult situation' adjusting to life in Germany - Heynckes

MUNICH -- New Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes says the complexity of the German language is making it hard for James Rodriguez to settle at the Bundesliga champions.

Speaking at his official unveiling as Bayern boss for a fourth term, Heynckes said: "James Rodriguez doesn't speak German. German football is very different to football in South America. It is a very difficult situation for a young player.

"However, he should know that he can count on my support and my help because I like technically gifted players. And I believe he has a lot of talent.

"I've seen his games for Real Madrid but I don't know him personally. When they come back [from the international break], I'm going to talk with them a lot and give them some advice."

James signed a two-year loan deal this summer with the Bavarians securing the option to make the deal permanent from Real Madrid in 2019.

However, James picked up a hamstring injury in Bayern's preseason Audi Cup defeat to Liverpool on Aug. 1, meaning the Colombia international had to wait for his competitive debut as a substitute in the Bundesliga defeat at Hoffenheim on Sep.9 --- Bayern's only defeat in the Bundesliga this season under former boss Carlo Ancelotti.

The 58-year-old Italian was sacked the day after a 3-0 Champions League defeat at Paris Saint-Germain last month.

James was substituted by Ancelotti at half-time in Paris and has made only five appearances in all competitions, scoring his solitary goal with his first shot in German football against Schalke.

The 26-year-old is currently away with the Colombia national side preparing for their final World Cup qualifier in Peru.

Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.

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