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Interview: Van Buyten

'We have to score once and not concede'

Daniel van Buyten is not at Bayern to score goals, although he was the only man in red who did succeed in hitting the target in Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Köln. The centre-half, engaged in a four-way contest with Martin Demichelis, Lucio and Breno for two places in the Bayern line-up, made a first start since the winter break last weekend, and is hoping to retain his place for the Champions League clash in Lisbon. The 31-year-old spoke to on board the team plane to Portugal about his personal situation and the meeting with Sporting.

Interview: Daniel Van Buyten: Daniel, how did you feel when you boarded the plane this lunchtime?
Van Buyten: "My feeling was that we can make amends for plenty of things in Lisbon. A win would give us a boost for the Bundesliga.“ What will be the decisive factors in Lisbon?
Van Buyten: "We know Sporting are in great shape at the moment, and we're in for a really hard evening's work. But I believe we have the quality to get the job done, despite our patchy form in the Bundesliga. We have to try and score a goal, and ensure we don't concede. A 1-0 win wouldn't be a bad result.“ You faced Sporting with Bayern just two years ago.
Van Buyten: "We won 1-0 at their place, but it was a very tight game. We were under pressure, we played with ten men for a very long time, the stadium was a cauldron. But we came away with the win, and hopefully we can do it again.“