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‘Meeting of equals’

Romanians confident despite injury crisis

The Bayern party’s journey to the first Champions League tie of the season was a bumpy affair: a technical problem necessitated a change of plane in Munich, and hefty turbulence made the flight to Bucharest anything but relaxing. However, the Bavarians will not be thrown off course in their efforts to seal a first win of the campaign. “We’ve come here aiming for all three points,” Jürgen Klinsmann declared in Bucharest.

However, beating Steaua will be “a tough task“, as Luca Toni observed. The Romanians have lost only one of nine competitive fixtures this term, and knocked out Galatasaray in Champions League qualifying on a 3-2 aggregate score. “That should serve as a warning not to underestimate them,” remarked Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.