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Magath: 'We need three points - end of story'

Postby FCBayernNews » Mon Jan 29, 2007 8:45 pm


One tried and trusted barometer indicating the relative importance of a Bayern match is a quick head-count at the final news conference. Monday witnessed seven camera crews and more than two dozen reporters crammed into the rather snug surroundings of the Säbener Strasse media room. "Are we playing Real tomorrow?" Felix Magath quipped with a wry smile. In fact, his side meet VfL Bochum on Tuesday evening (<b>Live in English from 7.45 pm on Web Radio</b>), but the champions' meeting with the side lying 15th in the Bundesliga has taken on enormous significance.

"We're all aware of the situation," the head coach remarked. Bayern lost their first competitive run-out of 2007 against Borussia Dortmund last Friday, and now lie six points off leading pair Werder Bremen and Schalke 04. Tuesday's game has thus become a must-win fixture for the Reds. "Winning is all that matters as of now. Three points, and I'm just not interested in anything else. I can't offer our fans anything more than that," Magath declared.

<b>Up for the fight</b>

Bayern know they need to repair a tarnished reputation in the first home fixture of the year. "I'm hoping we bounce back tomorrow," Karl-Heinz Rummenigge commented. The pre-match mood in the dressing room appears to combine determination and pent-up rage. "We intend to show the world what we're really made of," Roy Makaay reported.

VfL coach Marcel Koller warned his men to expect "a hurricane" on Tuesday evening, although the Swiss boss will be well aware Bayern have struggled more than once against relegation-threatened clubs. The champions have dropped vital points to Bielefeld, Wolfsburg, Hanover and Monchengladbach already this season.

<b>No slip-ups</b>

Munich are determined to avoid that fate against the men from the Ruhr valley, beaten 1-0 by fellow strugglers Mainz at the weekend and now just three points above the drop zone. "We really can't allow ourselves any more mistakes. We have to make a new start tomorrow," Makaay urged his team-mates, "we need all three points." Rummenigge called on the stars to set off on a winning streak, beginning with the Bochum clash.

Magath will take heart from Owen Hargreaves' return, as the England midfielder emerges from a four-and-a-half month lay-off caused by a cracked fibula. "I think it's the right time for him to make a comeback," the coach observed, although it remains to be seen whether Hargreaves will feature in the starting line-up.

<b>Enforced team changes</b>

Ali Karimi is doubtful after limping from the field in Dortmund with a stretched hamstring which has restricted him to jogging since then, but Mark van Bommel has declared himself fit after an Achilles problem. "He believes he's in a position to take part," Magath confirmed.

As usual, the head coach declined to give details of his line-up in advance of kick-off, although he insisted positional nuances were of no significance. "Tomorrow's line-up is hardly important. It really doesn't matter who we play where. You can't tell me we're not capable of beating VfL Bochum."

<b>Three points a must</b>

Similarly, the Munich camp was not particularly concerned about the visitors' line up. "We don't care what tactics they choose. What matters is how we play," Makaay remarked. Magath took a similar point of view: "Bochum can do whatever they feel like doing." After just four minutes in front of the media, the coach then brought an uncharacteristically brief news conference to an end with one final sentence: "We need three points - end of story."

<b>Probable line ups:</b>

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

<b>VfL Bochum:</b> Drobny - B. Lense, Maltritz, Butscher, P. Bönig - Epalle, Dabrowski, Zdebel, Trojan - Misimovic - Gekas

<b>Referee:</b> Dr. Drees (Mainz)

<b>Bayern's record in the fixture:</b> P30 W23 D6 L1 F90 A27
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