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Bayern target place in next round

Postby FCBayernNews » Mon Aug 06, 2007 7:08 am


Third division Wacker Burghausen are hoping to pull off one of the great Cup shocks, but Bayern intend to follow up winning the pre-season League Cup by negotiating Monday’s DFB German Cup first round tie with the minimum of discomfort. “We’re aiming high in the Cup. Our aim is to go all the way to Berlin, so we’re taking the match in Burghausen extremely seriously,” Bayern boss Ottmar Hitzfeld declared on Sunday.

After six weeks of pre-season training, the Burghausen clash provides a useful pulse check ahead of the Bundesliga restart in a week’s time. “We’ve been looking forward to it for a while. We want to show what we’re capable of in our first proper competitive match,” Philipp Lahm observed. “There’s something at stake again at last,” added Mark van Bommel.

<b>Van Bommel confident</b>

Hitzfeld dismissed the notion that his new-look team might fail to pay sufficient respect to the side relegated from the second division last term. “We’ve watched Burghausen, and we know how they play,“ Hitzfeld reported, “they’re strong enough to run and chase dangerously for two full hours. We’ve been warned.“

Van Bommel held a similar opinion. “Burghausen are a decent side and it won’t be easy for us,” the Dutch enforcer reflected. “The Cup is more difficult than the Bundesliga. It’s a one-off, and either side can win a one-off match.“ Nevertheless, Van Bommel was in confident mood: “I’m assuming we’ll get through.”

<b>Question of attitude</b>

Bayern are practically always favourites ahead of their Cup ties, but the underdogs are determined to make life as difficult as possible for the 13-times trophy winners. “We’d like to make sure Bayern require new shinpads after the match at the very least. We intend to make it very, very hard for them,” new Wacker boss Ingo Anderbrügge thundered.

“Obviously it’ll be physical. It’s the biggest match of their season. They’ll give it everything and get stuck in hard,” Lahm acknowledged. “I’m assuming we’ll show the right attitude,” Hitzfeld remarked. “The important thing is for us to settle, defend with discipline and be the team which controls the game. If we do that, we’ll win.“

<b>Jansen doubtful</b>

Despite the absence of long-term casualties Toni, Podolski, Sagnol, Ismael, Schlaudraff and Hummels, and with flu accounting for reserve keeper Michael Rensing, the General picks from a squad brimming with quality. “We have the outstanding individuals,” he observed, “and we also have a very powerful team.”

The only remaining doubt concerns left-back Marcell Jansen, who went for a long run on Sunday and joined the travelling party for Burghausen. A final decision on the newcomer’s fitness will be taken on matchday. If Jansen cannot appear, Lahm will most likely fill the left-back berth with Christian Lell on the right of the back four.

<b>Probable line-ups:</b>

<b>SV Wacker Burghausen:</b> Riemann - Lastovka, Palionis, Wolf, Mayer - Hertl, Schmidt - Pupalovic, Schultz, Teinert - Neubert

<b>Bayern Munich:</b> Kahn - Lell, Lucio, Demichelis, Lahm - Altintop, Zé Roberto, van Bommel, Schweinsteiger - Ribéry, Klose
<b>Also in matchday squad:</b> Dreher, Ottl, Van Buyten, Sosa, Wagner, Jansen, Dos Santos

<b>Referee:</b> Peter Gagelmann (Bremen)
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