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Back in the race

Bayern lay foundation for title assault

The moment when the reigning champions forcefully rejoined the race for the Bundesliga title came with 25 minutes played in Bayern’s meeting with Hannover. Miroslav Klose headed his side into a 2-1 lead, and the Allianz Arena crowd responded with enthusiastic confidence. The equivalent of “We’re gonna win the league,” rang round the magnificent stadium.

Bayern’s reply to their fans’ belief was a biggest league win of the campaign to date. The 5-1 victory over Hannover not only went a long way towards making up for the DFB Cup exit to Leverkusen three days earlier, it was Munich’s first win in four Bundesliga fixtures. The champions moved up from fifth to joint second in the table, four points off leaders Hertha BSC Berlin.

Steady improvement

“I reckon we have every chance of winning the league. We’ll redouble our efforts to put Hertha under pressure,” said Jürgen Klinsmann, delighted with a victory which “was fully deserved, and the margin was fair too. There are eleven games to go. It’s in our own hands.” The head coach called on his men “to set off on a winning run.” Uli Hoeneß, who praised the team for their efforts with the match only half over, said the task now “was to steadily work our way to the top.”