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‘Huge opportunity’

FCB keen to set course for knockout round

Luca Toni is poised to face his former team-mates, but Bayern are in no mood for generosity towards the Italian striker’s beloved Viola. A win at home to AC Fiorentina on Tuesday evening (Live in English from 8.30 pm CET on FCB Web Radio) would see the German double winners take a giant stride towards a place in the Champions League first knockout round.

“This match is a huge opportunity to planet one foot firmly in the next round, or at least throw the door wide open,” commented coach Jürgen Klinsmann ahead of the match in front of a full house at the Allianz Arena. FCB lead Group F on four points, ahead of Lyon and Fiorentina on two apiece. “We want to win and move onto seven points.“

The 44-year-old is banking on a good display from Toni, set to play despite bruising ribs at the weekend, but also on renewed confidence throughout the team after the 1-0 win in Karlsruhe last Saturday. “Going into a Champions League match after a morale-boosting win is good for the team,” observed Klinsmann.