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Nothing is ever decided this early in the season, but a lot of clues and markers always emerge from the hectic weeks following the October international break. This season’s mid-autumn programme sees Bayern play seven matches in 22 days, including a Champions League double-header against Italian cracks Fiorentina, and concluding with the Bundesliga showdown against Schalke 04 at the Veltins Arena on 9 November.

The 2008-9 schedule has thrown up some intriguing opponents. Apart from the big names from Tuscany and Gelsenkirchen, Bayern also face VfL Wolfsburg, Eintracht Frankfurt and Arminia Bielefeld in the league. The double winners’ patchy start to the new term – FCB lie eleventh in the standings on nine points from seven games - has added spice to an already potent mix. “We want to occupy a very different position,” commented Jürgen Klinsmann.

Even before half the squad set off for international duty some ten days ago, the Bayern coach gathered his men and laid down the law for the coming weeks at the club. “We sat down with the coach before the international round. He made it very clear that the forthcoming games are extremely important,” reported Zé Roberto, revealing details of a team meeting in the aftermath of the disappointing 3-3 home draw with VfL Bochum.