Created on 23-04-2009 at 00:00 AM
With six matches to play and a three-point gap to the top of the table, Bayern are burning with desire ahead of the climax to the Bundesliga campaign. "The coach has made it clear that it's all or nothing now," revealed Luca Toni, two days prior to a home meeting with Schalke. The champions need a win to up the pressure on leaders Wolfsburg. "They need to feel us breathing down their necks," Toni continued.
Martin Demichelis also laid down the verbal gauntlet to Felix Magath's high-flying Wolves. "We'll fight like never before in the history of Bayern Munich Football Club. We'll never give up," the centre-half intoned, underscoring the Bavarians' title ambitions. The FCB stars will not be satisfied with the runners-up spot. "There's a massive difference between first and second," reasoned Toni, "if we win the Bundesliga, we'll all remember the season. Otherwise, we'll forget it.“
Support from the fans
Bayern now have two home fixtures in a row, and are aiming for maximum points to usher in a run-in the club hopes will go down in history. Home advantage was good news, Toni observed ahead of the meetings with Schalke and then Mönchengladbach a week later. The players are counting on noisy support from the Allianz Arena crowd. "We need the fans," said Demichelis, "it's not like you don't notice 70,000 spectators. I'd like them to support us right to the very end.“
The players would seek to get the crowd on their side "from the very first minute" by displaying "the right body language," the Argentine stopper continued: "Schalke are always tough, but if we pull together, we can beat them.“ The recipe has worked in previous duels with the Royal Blues at the Allianz Arena, as the Ruhr Valley outfit have yet to win at the stadium to the north of Munich.
Every game like a final
Bayern aim to ensure that series continues in Saturday's meeting. "We've already given away too many points this season. We can't afford any more mistakes," Demichelis warned, "every game from now on is a final.“ The stars have clearly taken the coach's words to heart.