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FCB target back-to-back victories over Lille

Postby FCBayernNews » Tue Nov 06, 2012 6:40 pm

In the three-way fight for the two Round of 16 places on offer in Champions League Group F, Bayern know three points are a must in their home meeting with French side LOSC Lille on Wednesday evening (Live in English from 8.30 pm CET on FCB Web Radio). "We have to win," declared Franck Ribéry on the eve of the latest reunion with his former club, "we have to play like we did in Hamburg and take the three points."

With half the group programme completed, FCB are third in the group standings, although they are level on six points with Valencia and BATE Borisov, who face off in Spain in the parallel fixture. Following Bayern's narrow 1-0 victory in the north of France two weeks ago, Jerome Boateng said it was "even more important to follow that up at home in front of our own fans and collect the points."

A fine display away to Hamburg last weekend cemented Bayern's comfortable lead in the Bundesliga and means Jupp Heynckes' side are long on confidence prior to the clash with the team lying seventh in the French Ligue 1. However, the coach wants no trace of arrogance or complacency from his men: "I still expect a great deal more from my team. At the moment it's too euphoric, over-positive. We've achieved absolutely nothing yet," the boss said.

"And that's especially true in the Champions League, because there are no easy opponents," the 67-year-old continued, "last season, people said we were in the toughest group, and the word this season is that it's looking good and very manageable." A year ago, FCB serenely topped a section including Manchester City, Napoli and Villarreal, but the surprise defeat away to Borisov four weeks ago means Bayern are "under a little pressure," according to Uli Hoeneß.

Ribéry fit and motivated

Heynckes described Wednesday's clash as "exceptionally important," but warned against a Lille side who are "aggressive and stubborn." The French are currently bottom of the standings with no points. "But yet again, they'll try everything. In the reverse fixture they proved they have incredible power, they're prepared to mix it and they'll fight. I'm expecting the same on Wednesday," the coach advised, "my team know what it'll be like."

Heynckes' caution was echoed by in-form Franck Ribéry. "We won't make the mistake of not taking the game seriously. We'll be focused right from the start," promised the France international. The winger singled out his international team-mate Matthieu Debuchy, who will spend the match attempting to stifle Ribéry's runs: "I think he's one of the very best right-backs. It'll be an interesting contest." However, the Bayern man described himself as "very motivated and fit."

Robben set to start

The same, according to Heynckes, applies to Arjen Robben. The Dutch ace is set to start against Lille, teaming up with Ribéry in a competitive fixture for the first time since a 3-0 success against Wolfsburg six weeks ago. The only men definitely out are Mario Gomez (sports rehab), Holger Badstuber (torn muscle) and youngster Emre Can, who ruptured the ligaments in his left ankle while guesting for the reserves at the weekend.
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