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Inter preview: Determined Reds seek draw or more

Postby FCBayernNews » Mon Dec 04, 2006 6:40 pm


Bayern lead Champions League Group B on 11 points ahead of Internazionale on nine as the teams clash on the sixth and final first stage matchday at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday evening (<b>Live in English on FCB Web Radio from 8:30 pm CET</b>). Both clubs are safely through to the next phase, but the prize of finishing top of the section is up for grabs, with Bayern knowing the reward is theirs provided they can avoid defeat to the Milan giants.

The German champions, entertaining Inter at home for the first time in the Champions League, are bent on retaining the first place they have held since matchday 1, although the Bavarians are determined to do more than simply scrape home. "We won't play for a draw. We'll try and win it," Uli Hoeneß declared. "We don't need to win, but we want to win and give the crowd something to enjoy," Mark van Bommel echoed.

<b>Advantage for knockout round</b>

Five years have passed since 2001-2 when Munich last topped a Champions League group, "but by winning the section, you have a far greater chance of meeting one of the less fancied teams," coach Felix Magath reasoned, "although the biggest plus is playing the second leg at home."

"We're determined to win the group," Hoeneß repeated. Magath is convinced his men are capable of earning the point they need. "We've seen it often enough before. We rise to the occasion when it matters," the boss intoned. "It's in our own hands," Philipp Lahm remarked.

<b>Pressure on Milanese</b>

By contrast, the Italians must win to pip Bayern at the post and claim first place. "Inter are under pressure. They'll have to commit men to attack, and that should give us chances," Magath pointed out. "Inter will be trying to make good the defeat at home. They won't just come here and defend," Sebastian Deisler predicted.

"But then again, they won't just pile forward hell for leather either," Magath warned, expecting controlled attacking play typical of a leading Italian team. "They don't give you many chances. They wait, and look to capitalise on their opponents' mistakes," the Munich supremo explained.

<b>Wanted: A clean sheet and a goal</b>

The Reds boss cautioned his men to beware strike duo Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Hernan Crespo. "You'll never completely shut them out," he advised, although the Bavarians ran up an impressive 2-0 victory in northern Italy and will seek to keep another clean sheet against the undefeated Serie A leaders.

"And up the other end, we'll try and score at least once," Magath commented. The coach, who picks from a full-strength squad with the exception of long-term injury victims Valerien Ismaël and Owen Hargreaves, indicated he would select an attacking line-up. "We never go out looking for goalless draws. There's no way we'll just sit back," he insisted.

<b>Probable line-ups:</b>

<b>Bayern Munich:</b> Kahn - Sagnol, Lucio, van Buyten, Lahm - van Bommel, Ottl, Schweinsteiger, Salihamidzic - Pizarro, Makaay

<b>Internazionale:</b> Julio Cesar - Maicon, Materazzi, Burdisso, Zanetti - Figo, Viera, Cambiasso - Stankovic - Ibrahimovic, Crespo

<b>Referee:</b> Luis Medina Cantalejo (Spain)

<b>Bayern's record in the fixture:</b> P1 W0 D0 L1 F0 A2
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