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Favourites FCB aware of Kaiserslautern threat

Postby FCBayernNews » Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:50 pm

When Arjen Robben and Thomas Müller faced the press, they were determined and resolute. That was on Monday. On the day prior to the home DFB Cup meeting with second division Kaiserslautern, Jupp Heynckes was in exactly the same mood, expressing no doubt whatsoever that FCB would delight the majority of a 71,000 full house at the Allianz Arena by finishing as winners on Wednesday evening (Live in English from 8.30 pm CET on Web Radio): "We're stable and this team is very performance-oriented. I have no concerns."

Sunday's unlucky first defeat of the league season against Leverkusen will be a rapidly fading memory by Wednesday evening. "We need to deal with the situation coolly and not start imagining the worst," urged Heynckes. The team is "still entirely in one piece," and will continue to demonstrate as much over the coming weeks, the coach continued. FCB are definitely favourites against FCK, especially with the game being played in Munich.

"It would be a little more thankless at the Betzenberg," reflected Müller, "but we have to beat Kaiserslautern at home." The 23-year-old said he was pleased there had been so little time to dwell on Sunday's unexpected reverse. "You move on to new thoughts straight away," said the striker, urging his team-mates, "to give it even more. We need to smooth out this minor bump."

However, there are no reasons for complacency either. Kaiserslautern lie third in the second division, and along with Eintracht Braunschweig, are the only team in the top two flights yet to taste defeat this term (six wins and six draws). "It'll be a huge job of work, we mustn't let them get going," declared Heynckes, "Kaiserslautern are a very good second division team."

Ribéry remains doubtful

The players too are aware of the threat posed by the promotion hopefuls. "We have to be careful. They have nothing to lose, but we could lose a lot," warned Robben, who returned from a four-and-a-half week injury lay-off as a sub against Leverkusen and will again be a member of the midweek matchday squad. Javier Martínez is also fit again from a groin strain.

Luiz Gustavo (dead leg) is a contender, but there is "still a question-mark" over Franck Ribéry (sprain), Heynckes said, "and there's no point taking any risks." Holger Badstuber (ruptured muscle), Mario Gomez (sports rehab) and Daniel van Buyten (bruised ribs) are definitely sidelined.

Heynckes coy regarding rotation

In Tuesday's pre-match press conference, the Bayern coach declined to discuss possible squad rotation in the Kaiserslautern clash. Tom Starke could make his competitive debut for the club, for example, but the head coach was giving nothing away: "My motto is to reward good performance. I have high-quality options. No decisions have been taken."

FCK arrive in Munich without Ilian Micanski, Julian Derstroff and captain Albert Bunjaku, but with the support of some 7,000 fans and soaring self-confidence. "We won't go looking for a place to hide. If you want to get through, you have to score at least one goal," declared coach Franco Foda, acknowledging his side's role as rank outsiders. "In ten games against Bayern, we'd probably lose nine," continued Foda, "but maybe Wednesday's match will be the tenth." Naturally, Bayern are determined to ensure it is not.
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