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FCB wrest thoughts from Barca to Bundesliga

Postby FCBayernNews » Fri Mar 20, 2009 7:15 pm

Barcelona, Barcelona, and more Barcelona dominated the thoughts and conversations of the fans, board and players at the Säbener Strasse after Friday's Champions League quarter-final draw.

However, a lone voice was soon calling the club to order. "We need to put it out of our minds as quickly as possible," urged Jürgen Klinsmann on the eve of the Bundesliga meeting with Karlsruher SC (Live in English from 3.15 pm on Web Radio). "Only one thing matters: KSC, KSC, and more KSC!"

Before Bayern face off against the Spaniards, the team described by Klinsmann as "the best in Europe, and probably the world," Germany's most successful club must continue their recovery in the Bundesliga. "Our absolute priority is the league title," the coach insisted.

FCB beat Hannover 5-1 and Bochum 3-0 in their last two league outings, and are now aiming to maintain the winning streak against Karlsruhe. "We need to keep on pushing," Klinsmann urged. A home win against bottom club KSC "would keep up the pressure on Hertha and our rivals." Leaders Hertha BSC Berlin visit VfB Stuttgart, while the teams level on points with Bayern, Wolfsburg and Hamburg, are away to Bielefeld and Schalke respectively.

Beware the table

"It may be a chance to put distance between ourselves and our rivals, and maybe cut the gap to Hertha," argued Philipp Lahm, "so we have to win at all costs." Michael Rensing called for "nothing other than three points," and Klinsmann spoke of "a very, very important Bundesliga fixture."

Karlsruhe arrive in Munich on the back of four straight defeats, and a new negative club record of five games without a goal. Despite all this, Klinsmann ordered his men to take no notice of the standings. "We dare not underestimate KSC. They're a much better team than you'd think from their position in the table."

Lessons from Köln

The coaching staff have done their usual thorough homework. "It'll be damned hard work," warned Klinsmann, "they're a good footballing team, who've had no luck at all in their last few matches. The ball just refused to go in for them."

Klinsmann called for focus and aggression against Karlsruhe, citing the bitter 2-1 home defeat to Köln three weeks ago as a warning sign. "It hurt us," recalled Daniel van Buyten, "we all saw what happened when we don't give it everything we've got. We don't want to go through that again."

Klose and Toni sidelined

The FCB cause will be aided by Franck Ribéry's return from a two-week lay-off. "He's really raring to go," reported Klinsmann, wasting little breath on the absence of first-choice strike pair Klose and Toni: "We have to make the best of it."

Lukas Podolski is currently the only recognised striker available for selection. "But we have a couple of solutions up our sleeve," the coach said, declining to reveal any details. "The whole team has to support Poldi," said Van Buyten, offering to serve as an emergency striker. "I always do my best, up front or at the back."

Entertainment value

The centre-half said he was expecting "a spectacle with plenty of goals" on Saturday, the kind of gala Klinsmann would like to see in the Champions League return at home to Barcelona: "It'll be the football that arouses passions." The coach swiftly returned to the immediate priority: "In exactly the same way as I'm hoping everyone enjoys tomorrow's match against KSC."
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