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FCB primed for 'tough task' against Frankfurt

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FCB primed for 'tough task' against Frankfurt

Postby FCBayernNews » Fri Nov 09, 2012 6:30 pm

Those with long memories still recall September 1999, when full-back Michael Tarnat spent 28 courageous minutes keeping goal for Bayern following injuries to keepers Oliver Kahn and Bernd Dreher. Or April 1995, when Giovanni Trapattoni mistakenly brought on a prohibited fourth amateur player by using substitute Dietmar Hamann. Or August 1989, when Klaus Augenthaler scored what would later be voted Goal of the Season and Goal of the Decade from the halfway line. Or August 1965, and Bayern's maiden victory in the Bundesliga. All these events happened in games between FCB and Eintracht Frankfurt. The 83rd meeting between the clubs, which takes place on Saturday (Live in English from 3.30 pm CET on Web Radio), is also the biggest match on the weekend league programme.

The promoted side visit the Allianz Arena as the third best team in the land. Eintracht have already beaten Leverkusen, Hanover and Hamburg, and held Dortmund to a draw. The Bayern camp is suitably wary. "We'd be well advised to take them seriously," advised Uli Hoeneß. Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: "We respect Eintracht Frankfurt. They're having a wonderful, first-class season."

In Jupp Heynckes' opinion, Eintracht are "the surprise team in the league. They''ve carried the momentum from their promotion season with them into the Bundesliga." For once, the FCB boss is expecting a visiting team hardly to deviate from a fundamentally attacking set-up: "Frankfurt won't just come here and defend. They''ll have a go at us."

Mandzukic fit, Gustavo out

As a result, Heynckes called on his men to maintain top concentration and successfully transition from the Champions League to the domestic contest. "It''ll be significantly tougher than midweek," he warned, when Bayern overran a poor Lille team 6-1. Luiz Gustavo missed that match and has yet to recover from a sprain, but Mario Mandzukic is fit again after a bout of flu.

The players have taken note of the coach's warning. "We mustn''t allow ourselves to be taken by surprise. The plan is an early lead and to use the space," Dante said on Twitter. "We have to maintain our concentration. We have to work on that in every single match," advised Arjen Robben, adding "huge compliments" to the men from Hesse: "What they''ve done so far as a promoted team is super and deserves praise."

No euphoria, no arrogance

Heynckes insisted his men were simply ignoring the chorus of praise coming at Bayern from all sides at present. "There''s no euphoria here, quite the opposite," he declared, "the players are level-headed and sensible. We know we face a tough task against Frankfurt. Our work is not yet done. The fans can enjoy it a lot more than us." Hopefully, that will again be the case on Saturday.
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