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BVB is in the past - now for Hoffenheim

Postby FCBayernNews » Sat Mar 02, 2013 12:50 am

No question, it was one of the highlights of the season. Rarely has the Allianz Arena experienced the passion felt last Wednesday, when Bayern highly deservedly tipped Borussia Dortmund out of the DFB Cup. "This victory adds to our self-belief - it confirms we're on the right track," observed Matthias Sammer on Friday to FCB.tv as he reflected on the performance. Coach Jupp Heynckes thinks so too: "That was very important in terms of the rest of the season."

That begins at 3.30 pm on Sunday afternoon when the runaway Bundesliga leaders visit second to bottom 1899 Hoffenheim. Could they come a cropper? Director of Sport Sammer isn't worried about the prospect: "I was pleased with training today. They were really giving it their all. We have to keep doing what we've been doing, but I'm optimistic we can."

On Friday 14 players - nine professionals and five young talents - were hard at work on the Säbener Strasse pitch. The players who had overcome BVB 1-0 on Wednesday were given the day off by Heynckes to recover. As expected Rafinha and Emre Can were back in training after being briefly sidelined by the flu, but the match at Hoffenheim comes too early for both of them.

Also missing will be Holger Badstuber (ruptured cruciate ligament) and Claudio Pizarro, whose recovery from the flu has hit a setback. "On Thursday he was complaining about feeling tired, and his blood results aren't good," said Heynckes, who in all likelihood will need to change the composition of his team for Hoffenheim in at least a couple of areas. Franck Ribéry is available again after his suspension.

"Show our class"

"We're again ready for action, we're hungry for success," Heynckes announced. "If we've recovered our energy, we'll see the Bayern we're used to in Hoffenheim." Sammer agreed, saying how pleased he was to see that the players are "very, very focused, hungry but also humble". The director of sport made clear: "On Sunday we must make a special effort to demonstrate our class in the way we perform."
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