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Alert Bayern wary of underdogs Oberhausen

After a promising run of four wins on the trot, Bayern are determined to avoid an embarrassing slip-up against Rot-Weiss Oberhausen when the second division outfit visit the Allianz Arena in the DFB Cup on Tuesday evening (Live in English from 6.45 pm on Web Radio). Apart from sealing a place in the last sixteen, victory for the home side would be a confidence-booster ahead of crunch clashes with Hamburg and Juventus.

“Oberhausen matters in that everyone thinks we’ve won it without playing,” Bayern general manager Uli Hoeneß warned on the eve of the cup tie against the side lying seventh in the second division. Nevertheless, it is a classic David against Goliath tie: on the one hand, the 14-time winners, who last lost at home in the cup some 18 years ago, and on the other, the underdogs, who have never beaten Bayern in any competition.

However, Miroslav Klose echoed Hoeneß in advising his team-mates to take the visitors seriously. “Starting to count the number of goals we’re going to score would be a huge mistake,” the striker admonished, himself having taken time out to observe RWO twice on TV. “They’re good,” the Germany international said approvingly. “They settle quickly and they can pass the football. We’ll have to do a lot more than simply turn up.”