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FCB desperate to restore hurt pride

Bayern against Nürnberg, the contest for bragging rights in the state of Bavaria, has always been a bitter clash. Wednesday’s latest instalment at the Allianz Arena, coming hard on the heels of Saturday’s nightmare 5-2 defeat at home to Werder Bremen, has an extra edge for revenge-hungry Bayern as they prepare to meet their neighbours for the eighth time in the DFB Cup.

“The good thing is that we’re playing every three or four days and you have the chance to straighten things out right away,” reflected Philipp Lahm, “We all had a great time in Berlin last year, and we want to go back. It’s basically up to us. If we perform, we’ll win comfortably.“

Win at all costs

Bastian Schweinsteiger is determined to come out on the winning side in “the only derby we’ll play this season. It’s about the result and getting through to the next round.“ FCB would need to “concentrate hard, give them nothing at the back and go for goal at the other end.“ After all, the Cup offers “the shortest route to a trophy.“

Captain Mark van Bommel acknowledged that Munich can “repair some of the damage“ in front of their home crowd. “We have to win at all costs. It’s our duty. We have to make the next round of the Cup at home to a second division team,” the Dutch ace exclusively told