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Fight for first place

Resolute FCB aim to win group in Lyon

The Bayern squad arrived in Lyon to find rain cascading from the skies, weather conditions fully in keeping with Bavarian memories of previous visits to the city on the Rhone. Munich were held to a 1-1 draw here five years ago, slightly better than the dismal 3-0 defeat in March 2001 which prompted an outburst from Franz Beckenbauer of such venom and severity, hardened ex-players still shudder to think of it today.

A new generation now bears the Bayern torch. Today’s men in red are determined to make it third time lucky and register the club’s maiden success in Lyon when Munich take on Olympique at the Stade Gerland on Wednesday evening (Live in English from 8.30 pm CET on FCB Web Radio) for the prize of top spot in Champions League Group F.

“It’s very important we win the group,” coach Jürgen Klinsmann insisted, urging his men to give “everything we’ve got” against the serial French champions. With five games played, the teams are level on points and both are already through to the last sixteen. A scoring draw or a win would see FCB finish top of the section. “We want first place so we’ll try and win,” said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.