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Muller: Dortmund comes at just the right time

Postby FCBayernNews » Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:50 pm

"All we finally want to do is prove again just who..." Thomas Müller checked himself just in time. No-one in the Bayern camp is interested in gifting the tabloids their provocative headlines with any unwise pre-match verbals in the build-up to the crunch DFB Cup quarter-final showdown against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday evening. Instead, the policy is one of respect and humility, "because we know what Dortmund are capable of, and how much they've hurt us recently." Nevertheless, given Bayern's sparkling form since the winter break, Müller and his team-mates can approach the encounter with last season's double winners in confident mood.

"We reckon we're strong, we're in fantastic shape, and obviously we'd like to win again," Thomas ended up saying, "Dortmund are coming at just the right time." A win at the Allianz Arena would simultaneously eliminate "our biggest rivals" in the cup, the forward continued. And Toni Kroos, who like Müller was rested at the weekend against Bremen - "a farsighted and good idea," the midfielder said - is also expecting opponents who are "basically our equals."

Once again, the key to success will be solidity in defence, because Bayern's attacking unit are always good for a goal or more, "regardless of our opponents," said Kroos. The loss of Franck Ribéry to suspension was "a heavy blow, because he can't be replaced like-for-like," the Germany man continued. "But we have to prove we can do it as a unit, and I believe we can."

Both Müller and Kroos predicted "a tight match". The first Bundesliga meeting between the sides in Munich last December ended in a draw despite FCB dominating for long spells. However, Wednesday's game is not about points but simply reaching the last four. "If we manage 100 percent, we'll win," declared Kroos, before accepting Müller's 'assist' and completing his opening statement: "... will make it through to the cup semi-finals." That's by no means enough for tabloid headlines. Instead, Thomas, Toni and their team-mates are hoping their actions on the pitch this Wednesday provide all the necessary material.
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