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Combat in Cologne

FCB seek boost for Bucharest and Bundesliga

The pre-season dress rehearsal produced no goals, but exactly seven weeks after Bayern’s scoreless friendly away to 1. FC Köln, Jürgen Klinsmann and his men return to the Rhine Energy stadium on Saturday aiming to score and win. “We’ll be determined and focused,” chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told on Friday.

“We intend to carry on where we left off against Hertha Berlin,” Klinsmann commented ahead of the meeting with the promoted club. Bayern are seeking to follow up a commanding win over Berlin two weeks ago with a second victory of term on Saturday. “We sent out a signal with our 4-1 win against Hertha. It’s all coming together, and we feel well-prepared for the tough tasks which lie ahead,” remarked midfielder Tim Borowski.

Bayern face Köln, Bucharest and Bremen in the next eight days. Philipp Lahm is not the only man targeting “nine points. Beating Köln would put us in a good position for our first Champions League match in Bucharest.” Rummenigge also felt “it would be good to come away from Cologne with three points. We’d make up ground in the table and boost our confidence before we go to Bucharest.”