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Kahn: 'Saturday's game begins now'

Postby FCBayernNews » Wed Apr 18, 2007 8:35 pm

18.04.2007

Oliver Kahn will never forget his final appearance in a Germany shirt, a 3-1 victory over Portugal in the 2006 World Cup third-place play-off. The venue was Stuttgart, and a crowd of more than 50,000 gave the veteran keeper a standing ovation on his lap of honour. "I have extremely fond memories of the occasion," the 37-year-old revealed on Wednesday.

Kahn returns to the Gottlieb-Daimler stadium on Saturday, but he can expect a very different reception from the home fans when he appears in the guise of Bayern captain and goalkeeper. "It'll be warm in every respect," the player conceded.

<b>Major opportunity</b>

The unofficial South German derby is always a hard-fought affair, but the situation in the table adds an extra edge to the 80th meeting between the sides. Both are desperate to qualify for next year's Champions League, but fourth-placed Munich lie two points off Stuttgart in third, exactly the minimum position Bayern intend to occupy in the final standings.

"This match is a huge opportunity for us to recover third place by our own efforts," the club captain declared. It is also Bayern's final meeting with a top of the table rival. "There's a huge amount at stake for us," the keeper continued, embarking on an emotional appeal to his team-mates.

<b>Vital importance of Champions League</b>

"Saturday's game begins as of now, with afternoon training. Every one of us must focus exclusively on this match, with total and absolute concentration." Kahn denied he would need to offer his team-mates additional motivation in his position as captain. "We've already talked it through as a team on Monday. There's a great deal at stake for the club. It's exceptionally important for Bayern to play in the Champions League."

"The players have a duty to give something back to the club," Kahn continued, naming a top-notch performance and three points in Stuttgart as a starting point. The keeper acknowledged the severity of the task, describing VfB Stuttgart as a surprise package this term, "but up at the top by right. We're taking them utterly seriously."

<b>100 percent focused on victory</b>

What would be the decisive factors on Saturday? "We have to use every weapon available to us - fighting spirit, creativity and technique. Compared to the return against Milan, we all have to play at 100 percent on the day," the skipper thundered. "I'm personally ready to give it everything and make it my total priority. I'm hoping for another set of fond memories from Stuttgart after the match."
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Postby MUTU » Wed Apr 18, 2007 8:51 pm

Well said Kahn, that's the spirit... gather your troops... on Saturday it's war!
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