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Bayern wary of resolute Arminia

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Bayern wary of resolute Arminia

Postby FCBayernNews » Thu Sep 14, 2006 8:35 pm


Just four days after the glamour and glitz of Tuesday's 4-0 victory against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League, Bayern return to the bread and butter of the league away to Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday. The Reds turned in a gala display after half-time against the Russian outfit, but Felix Magath swiftly moved to dampen expectations of a repeat performance at the weekend. "Bielefeld are a tough nut to crack. We've always had our work cut out at their place," the Munich supremo warned.

Bayern have only lost in East Westphalia on three occasions in the history of the Bundesliga, but have won just two of their last six visits in the league, balanced by two draws and two defeats. The double winners were a goal down until eight minutes from time in the corresponding fixture last season, before a last-gasp Claudio Pizarro brace turned the match on its head.

<b>Wounded Bielefeld desperate for points</b>

The Bavarians' wariness ahead of the trip to the unfancied underdogs is compounded by Bielefeld's stuttering start to the season. Arminia have yet to win in the league and suffered an embarrassing German Cup exit to third division Pfullendorf last weekend, but all would be forgiven and forgotten with a victory against Bayern. "We owe it to ourselves, the club and our supporters," defender Bernd Korzynietz commented.

Coach Thomas von Heesen prescribed a simple formula for his men ahead of the biggest game of the season at the Alm stadium. "We need team spirit, passion, aggression and discipline," he declared, promising his side would not attempt to emulate Spartak's counter-attacking tactics, but would instead try and take the game to the visitors.

<b>Magath forewarned</b>

Bayern's Cup opponents St Pauli had shown the way in terms of unsettling and rattling the champions, Van Heesen argued. "St Pauli just kept coming at them. If you never let them settle, if you never stop harrying and hassling, you can force even Daniel van Buyten and Lucio into errors."

The message has not been missed in Bavaria. Arminia's superb home record lies at the heart of the club successfully preserving their top flight status over the last two seasons, as Magath was quick to acknowledge: "I don't think many teams will win there this season." Bayern fans will trust their heroes prove an exception to the rule.
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