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FCB ready to flex muscles against Fortuna

Postby FCBayernNews » Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:20 pm

Thursday's media schedule at the club featured two of Bayern's muscle men, as finely-honed athletes Daniel van Buyten and Xherdan Shaqiri faced the press at the Säbener Strasse media centre. It was symbolic of the approach Munich intend to take this Saturday, as the runaway Bundesliga leaders aim to flex their metaphorical muscles at home to promoted Fortuna Düsseldorf.

"We know the factors that have made us so good this season. But we have to summon up everything again right from the start," urged Van Buyten, who has missed only one league fixture since the winter break. The 35-year-old does not believe complacency could become a problem, despite FCB's mighty 17-point lead in the standings. "If you're working out with such classy players, every training session is a challenge which has to be tackled professionally," said the Belgian colossus, "every player could make the team, so every player has to concentrate."

That was obvious enough on Thursday when Jupp Heynckes supervised a group of 19 outfield players and two goalkeepers on the practice ground. Arjen Robben resumed the squad programme after shaking off a calf problem and came through the 90 minute workout unscathed. Bastian Schweinsteiger also played a full part after spending Wednesday training alone in the Performance Center.

Mario Gomez broke off Thursday's session as a precaution, but only due to a minor hamstring twinge, a late reaction to a rough challenge during last Sunday's Hoffenheim clash. The striker is not rated doubtful for Fortuna this Saturday. As things stand, Heynckes will field a full strength team, with only long-term absentee Holger Badstuber (cruciate) definitely out of contention.

Call for cool heads and patience

Shaqiri and Van Buyten both adopted cautious tones when discussing the Allianz Arena clash. Everyone is expecting FCB to stroll to victory, noted Shaq, "but Düsseldorf are tricky opponents who defend well. We'll need to be patient." Van Buyten called for complete commitment: "If we're not 100 percent focused, it could be dangerous."
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