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Quality players, quality goals

Toni and Ribery make the difference

Addressing the 1,700 members present for the AGM last Friday, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was keen to underline and emphasise the club’s current thinking on transfers. “We want quality, not quantity. We’d rather have one more Ribéry than three surplus players – this will continue to be Bayern’s policy in the future,” the chairman declared, receiving applause for his statement. “I’m convinced it’ll be a successful policy.“

It was hardly required, but Rummenigge’s approach was convincingly supported by the players in question not 48 hours later. Luca Toni and the said Ribéry scored the high-quality goals in the champions’ vital 2-1 victory away to Schalke 04, Munich’s fifth Bundesliga victory in a row.

“Franck makes the difference in a tight game like that, because he’s always good for a surprise moment,” coach Jürgen Klinsmann reasoned afterwards. Schalke enjoyed territorial domination for practically the whole match, but failed to create clear-cut chances worthy of the name. By contrast, Toni and Ribéry each clinically finished off superbly-executed attacking thrusts.