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‘Points, points and more points’

Total concentration on Bundesliga run-in

Even experienced pros like Daniel van Buyten, Tim Borowski, Michael Rensing and Miroslav Klose were a shade startled on Wednesday by the appearance at the Säbener Strasse of a possibly unique group of fans: ten nuns of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, every one wearing a Bayern scarf, inspected the performance centre on a guided tour personally conducted by Uli Hoeneß. The Bayern general manager also wore a scarf, a gift from the sisters, and bearing the image of the order’s patron saint St. Vincent de Paul.

“If I wear this on Saturday, can you assure me we’ll win in Bielefeld?” asked a smiling Hoeneß, as he gratefully accepted the gift from Mother Superior Sister Theodolinde. Indeed, a little help from above cannot hurt as Bayern contemplate the run-in to the end of the league season, starting away to Bielefeld this weekend.

After the midweek Champions League exit, the champions will spend the last five weeks of the season fully focused on the Bundesliga. Seven fixtures remain, four at home and three away. “Every match will be crucial,” Hoeneß reflected. FCB are currently second in the standings, three points behind leaders Wolfsburg, but also only three ahead of fifth-placed Stuttgart.