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Bayern vow to 'show Bremen who's boss'

Postby FCBayernNews » Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:20 pm

As always, Jupp Heynckes led by example on Friday, making light of a persistent bout of the flu to appear confident and determined at the news conference on the eve of Saturday's meeting with Werder Bremen (Live in English from 3.30 pm CET on FCB.tv Web Radio). After two Bundesliga defeat on the spin, the boss and his troops are set on returning to winning ways against the team in fourth, one spot below FCB.

"We were poor in Mainz, but my team will show the appropriate and right reaction," Heynckes declared. Three points against the northerners could be worth their weight in gold, as leaders Dortmund meet second-placed Mönchengladbach in a parallel fixture. Whatever the result in that match, victory over Werder would see the Reds go above at least one of the two Borussias.

However, Heynckes insisted, the current situation in the table is of no importance, as the standings only truly matter at the end of Matchday 34. The crucial aspect of the Bremen clash is for FCB to recapture the flair, élan and defensive solidity which characterised the first third of the campaign. "We need to rediscover the right balance between defence and attack, and our play needs more flow," the coach urged, "every one of my players needs to step up a gear."

A full week of training has laid solid foundations for the task at hand. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday's sessions were marked by extremely hard physical effort, with an "intensive" dose of tactical schooling on top, Heynckes reported. Holger Badstuber added words of confirmation: "We're totally focused. You sense the anticipation in the dressing room. We have a chance to put a lot of things right."

Kroos in 'reasonably good' shape

The team to face Bremen, winners of three of their last four Bundesliga fixtures, was not cast in stone on Friday. Bastian Schweinsteiger (collarbone), Breno (sports rehab) and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (suspended) will definitely play no part, but Toni Kroos is still a candidate, despite being sent home from training on Thursday with the onset of flu.

"He's in relatively good shape. He says he'll definitely be fit to play," Heynckes revealed, but as normal, the boss declined to hand out any further selection information, remarking only that his priority is to pick a smoothly functioning team. "If that's the case, it doesn't matter who we play. We'll always have enough class to win."

Mario versus Claudio

Apropos class, Werder Bremen have plenty of that up front, specifically in the shape of former Bayern star Claudio Pizarro. The Peru hitman missed out last weekend with injury, but is set to face his former club at the weekend after passing a fitness test and completing pre-match training on Friday. "Pizza" has 11 goals so far this term and is third in the league scoring chart behind Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of Schalke on 12, and Mario Gomez on 13.

Pizarro's current form is not the only reason Bayern will be wary of their long-term foes. The nation's biggest club last won at home against the men in green and white in November 2005, and Heynckes has not coached a team to victory over Bremen in his last 17 attempts. "We have to show them who's boss," Badstuber declared. The FCB head coach tackled the poor stats head on: "Records are there to be broken. We need to believe in our own strengths."
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