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FCB 'start from scratch' against Rehden

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FCB 'start from scratch' against Rehden

Postby FCBayernNews » Sun Aug 04, 2013 5:40 pm

"The whole village is living for this match," declared BSV Rehden boss Predrag Uzelac, and no wonder: the community of 1,850 in Lower Saxony has been in uproar since mid-June, when the minnows landed a plum tie against treble winners Bayern in the draw for the DFB Cup first round. "We're playing the best team in the world, unbelievable," continued Uzelac, "we'll give it our best shot and play with passion, but there's no point entertaining big dreams."

There might have been a glimmer of a dream had Rehden been able to fully exploit their home advantage, but for a variety of reasons including security concerns, their Waldsportstätten ground is unsuitable for the game, which has been moved to the 16,667 capacity Osnatel Arena in Osnabruck. And unluckily for Rehden, their figurehead and former Werder Bremen pro Francis Banecki is sidelined with an Achilles injury.

Bayern also lack a clutch of individuals, starting with long-term absentees Mario Götze (sports rehab) and Holger Badstuber (cruciate). Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg picked up an injury in the Bayern reserves' 1-0 victory away to Fürth and will report to chief medical officer Dr Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt for an examination on Monday. Luiz Gustavo and Diego Contento are both carrying minor knocks and will stay in Munich.

On the plus side, Toni Kroos has recovered from bruising to a toe from the Audi Cup final and came through Sunday morning's final pre-match training session without incident. "Everything is basically okay and I can definitely play," said the midfielder ahead of the team's departure for Osnabruck by Lufthansa chartered jet on Monday morning.

Chairman wants trip to Berlin

Speaking to on Sunday, Matthias Sammer called for concentration: "We've moved on from the defeat to Dortmund in the Supercup. The season starts now. We need to settle into our rhythm very quickly." The board member for sport called for the players to take their fourth-tier opponents seriously: "We need ideas, conviction, focus and determination. We start again from scratch. No-one, and I mean no-one, is going to give us any presents."

Sammer cannot imagine Bayern tripping at the first hurdle: "I simply don't have these thoughts." Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is sure Pep Guardiola's team will "take it seriously. We're the cup holders, and we have the ambitions you'd expect in the DFB Cup this season. We want to go back to Berlin and ideally retain the trophy."

Respectful but confident

The players appear very focused at the moment, and are clearly fired up for the new season. "It's fantastic we're getting going again at last," declared Arjen Robben. "It really counts again as of now," added Manuel Neuer. "I'm delighted pre-season is over," confessed Thomas Müller, "pre-season is part of being a footballer, but obviously it only becomes interesting when you have games that actually matter. That's what we're looking forward to."

Bayern will under no circumstances underestimate their fourth-tier foes, insisted Bastian Schweinsteiger. "We go there with a great deal of respect, because it's not a given for these clubs to qualify for the first round of the cup." Captain Philipp Lahm issued an appeal to his team-mates: "We have to take Rehden seriously. If so, there's no question who will make the next round." The village is living for the match, but unfortunately for the minnows, at least from a sporting point of view, so are Bayern.
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