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Bayern 'in good shape' for BVB showdown

Postby FCBayernNews » Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:00 pm

Jupp Heynckes was the man of the moment on Saturday. He received a bouquet and a valuable watch before kick-off, and was praised to the skies after the match. "Jupp Heynckes is doing everything right at the moment," said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge following Bayern's 6-1 romp against Werder Bremen in Heynckes' 1,000th Bundesliga match as a player and coach. The Munich supremo is leading his team in seemingly unstoppable fashion towards the championship title, and the players are also primed for Wednesday's DFB Cup quarter-final showdown with Borussia Dortmund. "We're well-prepared, as we've all seen today," declared Rummenigge.

Bayern have won all seven of their matches since the mid-season break, scoring 22 goals and conceding only two. The Reds are out on their own at the top of the Bundesliga with 60 points from 23 games, and a monumental goal difference of 63 for and only eight against. Bremen were only the latest side to crumble in the face of the in-form league leaders - and this despite Heynckes introducing six new players on the day. "But there was basically no difference compared to the win against Arsenal," Rummenigge observed.

"Every player justified my faith in him," commented the head coach. The reshuffled Reds only needed 20 minutes to settle into the groove, before Arjen Robben (25), Javi Martinez (28), an own goal by Bremen's Theodor Gebre Selassie (49), Mario Gomez (51), Franck Ribéry (86) and Gomez again (89) sealed what Heynckes termed an "opulent victory" against the ten-man northerners, who lost Austria international Sebastian Prödl to a 44th-minute red card.

However, Heynckes felt Kevin de Bruyne's 59th-minute consolation for Bremen, the first goal Bayern have conceded in the Bundesliga since Christmas, was "unnecessary. We're a little cross about it, but we can cope with it today." Instead, the FCB camp is now fired up for the midweek cup clash with nearest rivals Dortmund. "These are the two best teams in Germany. I reckon the whole nation is looking forward to it - and so are we," declared Philipp Lahm.

"It's a meeting between equals," stated Rummenigge, "but I'm optimistic given our recent performances. It'll be a tough match, but not only for us, for Borussia Dortmund too." Heynckes spoke of "a massive clash. We face top-class opponents, who've proved they can hold their own in Europe in the Champions League. But we believe in ourselves, we're in good shape, and we're confident."

In the Bundesliga, Bayern are "right on track," summarised Rummenigge. The runaway leaders can certainly be very hopeful of success in the cup encounter with Dortmund. "I hope we get through to the semi-finals. Berlin is our target," the chairman said. That goal applies even more so to Heynckes, who has won two league titles and the Champions League in his long coaching career, but never the domestic knockout cup.
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