Created on 31-10-2008 at 00:00 AM
More than halfway through Bayern’s “frantic Fall” programme of seven games in 22 days, the German champions have kept their cool and rediscovered the winning touch. Four autumn matches so far have brought four straight wins, with 10 goals scored and just three conceded. The Bavarians have every intention of continuing their current streak at home to 15th-placed Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday (Live in English from 3.15 pm CET on FCB.tv Web Radio), as they continue to hunt down the teams ahead of them in the table.
“We’re working our way up there. With a few more wins and points, we might make it all the way to the top after matchday 17,” said coach Jürgen Klinsmann, referring to the much-discussed target of topping the standings at the halfway point in the season. Fourth-placed Bayern are four points off leaders Hoffenheim, who Klinsmann confirmed were “rivals for the title. But now it’s up to us to take the next step.“
Klinsmann warned his men to expect “a very defensive Arminia side.” Bielefeld have gone 21 away games without a win, and are missing nine regulars this weekend. “They’ll make life difficult for us and attempt to hit us on the break,” the FCB boss continued. “We’ll have to be patient, look for gaps, and try and prise them open.“