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Frustrated FCB vow to make amends

Postby FCBayernNews » Fri Apr 10, 2009 6:15 pm

After two demoralising results, last Saturday's 5-1 reverse in Wolfsburg and the midweek 4-0 defeat in Barcelona, the Bayern stars know they must win at home to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday (Live in English from 3.15 pm on FCB.tv Web Radio). "We're down at the moment, but we have to move on," Luca Toni declared on Friday, issuing a rallying cry to his team-mates: "We have to take three points tomorrow. Basta!"

Victory over the side lying 12th in the standings would preserve Bayern's hopes of at least one trophy this season. "If we win the Bundesliga, we'd at least salvage something from the season," Toni remarked. The champions lie fourth, but are only three points off leaders Wolfsburg - and there are still 24 points at stake in the remaining eight games. "We have to cancel out the three-point deficit in the Bundesliga," said Jürgen Klinsmann, "I remain totally convinced we'll do it."

"We have to salvage what we can," Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stated in his post-match banquet speech at the end of a "terrible evening" (Toni) in Barcelona. "I can only urge everyone to pull themselves together and give everything in the last few weeks, because we still have a chance in the league, and we have to take it," the chairman continued.

Following the party line to perfection, Toni called for "total effort" until the end of the season. "We don't need to talk so much. Actions speak louder than words," the Italian commented. The players were "angry and disappointed," he reported, and were determined to vent their frustrations on Frankfurt. "We'll give it our all tomorrow," Toni promised. Klinsmann is certain his men will "seek to make amends against Frankfurt on Saturday."

The stars are aware of the need to restore the home crowd's faith and belief. "It's not just about three points on Saturday. The team has plenty to make up to the supporters, because they've pushed their tolerance to the limit since Christmas," warned Rummenigge. Toni expressed sympathy for the crowd's disaffection. "The fans are right to be upset and disappointed. Everyone connected with Bayern owes the fans a victory tomorrow."

Lucio is set to return after shaking off a groin strain, but Philipp Lahm (calf) and Miroslav Klose (ankle) are injured, with Daniel van Buyten still away on compassionate leave. However, the line-up against Frankfurt is unimportant, as only one thing matters, Toni pointed out: "It's vital we win tomorrow."
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