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‘We need mental strength’

Bayern prepare to do battle in Frankfurt

The brokers on the Frankfurt stock exchange finally enjoyed a smidgeon of better news on Tuesday. After weeks of seemingly inexorable decline, around half the stocks on the DAX index of leading shares showed gains, albeit humble for the most part. It remains to be seen whether the one-day improvement signals the start of a more positive trend.

The situation at Bayern is not entirely dissimilar. After a stuttering start to the 2008-9 Bundesliga campaign, Jürgen Klinsmann’s men have climbed the table rapidly on the back of two wins on the bounce, and now go looking to confirm this positive trend in the banking and finance metropolis of Frankfurt. “We’re gradually making up ground. We’re hoping to take the next step in Frankfurt,” Klinsmann commented ahead of Wednesday evening’s meeting with Eintracht Frankfurt (Live in English from 7.45 pm CET on Web Radio).

Bayern leapt from eleventh to fifth at the weekend, and have now set their sights on top spot. “Our goal is to get back to the very top as soon as possible,” declared Klinsmann, aligning himself with general manager Uli Hoeneß’s stated target of topping the table at the halfway point in the season: “We always do everything we can to fulfil Uli’s wishes.“ Three points in Frankfurt are near enough a must.