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Bayern keen to continue run in Nürnberg

Postby FCBayernNews » Fri Apr 08, 2011 4:40 pm

On the back of three league wins in succession for the first time this season, Bayern are determined to consolidate their grip on third spot in the Bundesliga and continue their step-by-step progress towards qualifying for the Champions League when they travel to FC Nürnberg on Saturday (Live in English from 3.30 pm CET on FCB.tv Web Radio) for the 182nd Bavarian derby.

"We'll give 100 percent to continue our run," declared skipper Philipp Lahm, looking forward to a "very interesting encounter" against the side currently lying sixth in the table. "Nürnberg haven't been as high in the league for ages, but they've had their problems in the last two games. We'll win if we put in a performance," reported the 27-year-old defender, confident of getting a result in Nuremberg.

"Nürnberg have been battling relegation for the last few seasons. They're undoubtedly much more solid this season and they've undergone a revival on the pitch with Dieter Hecking in charge. This derby definitely won't be easy," noted chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, fully aware that his away day in Nuremberg won't be a walk in the park. FCB have failed to register a win in Nürnberg since 2005.

"We've not always made it easy for ourselves in recent seasons," said Bastian Schweinsteiger, who is also expecting a "tough challenge" on the road. "Nürnberg have done really well after the winter break. They've reached unknown heights at the top end of the table and are determined to stay there. We'll have to give everything we can to win the game. It's about time we picked up another three points there," added the Bayern vice-captain.

No gifts from Bayern

The hosts in Saturday's Bundesliga encounter cannot expect any gifts from Louis van Gaal's men. Nürnberg have amassed 42 points so far and are just three points behind fifth-placed Mainz, with the prospect of qualification for next season's Europa League as close as never before. And the Franconia side will also be determined to make amends after losing their last two games.

"Obviously, we're aiming to pick up the points and it would be good if we can manage it," ventured Hecking with an eye on fifth position. "The game against Bayern is obviously a big match and we want to win it. It would be a great success in front of a capacity crowd," added the FCN boss ahead of his 150th Bundesliga game as a coach.

Gomez sounds a warning

The Nürnberg stadium has been sold out for weeks, so it is fortunate that Van Gaal picks his side from close to a full squad, with the exception of Ivica Olic and Daniel van Buyten. Timothy Chandler and Javier Pinola are available for the hosts after suspension, as is striker Julian Schieber, who will "probably come off the bench," according to Hecking.

"We definitely want to win, and I'm completely convinced we can do it," declared Bayern's top goalscorer Mario Gomez, who bagged a brace in the 3-0 win for FCB when the two sides met earlier in the season. Gomez voiced a serious warning against underestimating the opposition. "We'll have to match our opponents' tempo. Giving less than 100 percent just won't do."
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