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‘Time we set off on a run’

FCB target three points in Hanover

Miroslav Klose described Bayern’s 2-0 DFB Cup success against Nürnberg on Wednesday as “the first step back” from last weekend’s sobering home defeat to Werder Bremen. The champions are now keen to continue their rehabilitation with a win away to Hannover 96 in the Bundesliga on Saturday (Live in English from 3.15 pm CET on Web Radio ). “The task is to keep our recovery going,“ the striker said.

For all Klose’s confidence, the double winners might have hoped for easier opposition at this precise moment in time. Although Hannover occupy a lowly 14th place after a poor start with just four points from five matches, the Lower Saxony outfit are widely expected to compete for a UEFA Cup place this term and are undefeated in nine games at home.

“Hannover are like a boxer on the ropes,” warned Andreas Ottl, “teams like that are always dangerous.“ Moreover, an injury crisis which saw half of coach Dieter Hecking’s squad out of action with flu earlier in the week has now eased, and the home side will be close to full strength against Jürgen Klinsmann’s men.