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The right blend

‘Cut out the errors, take our chances’

On paper, the Bayern forward line enjoys playing FC Köln. Miroslav Klose has struck six times in nine meetings with the Rhineland outfit, Luca Toni fired a brace in last September’s 3-0 win, and Lukas Podolski came on and added the third that day. Ahead of Saturday’s return in Munich, Jürgen Klinsmann may well have shown his strikers a DVD of that match by way of encouragement, as the FCB goal-getters have been unusually wayward in recent weeks.

“We can’t be satisfied with how well we’ve used our chances,” Klose agreed. His coach has come up with the recipe for improvement on Saturday. “We need to attack, pressure them, keep the pace high, create chances and put them away,” Klinsmann summarised, urging his team to find “the extra edge” which has been lacking of late, and “net the openings we’ve missed recently.”

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The Bayern camp is also aware of the need for improvement at the back. “We’re letting in too many goals. We have to get that under control,” warned Philipp Lahm. Klose, a striker by trade, agreed with the defender’s analysis: “The first thing we have to do is defend as a team.”