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Butt, Badstuber and the Vecchia Signora

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On catching sight of Jörg Butt on Monday, the casual observer might have thought the Bayern keeper had been indulging in a spot of boxing. Butt was sporting a prominent black eye, the result of a collision with Mario Gomez in training prior to Saturday’s Hamburg clash. “Nothing’s broken,” the keeper reported, although he had to have seven stitches to a cut, received treatment right up until kick-off, and slept on his side to avoid further swelling.

Despite the shiner, Butt turned in a fine display against the league leaders and saved his side from going behind on 31 minutes with two world-class saves. However, the 35-year-old could do nothing about Mladen Petric’ late winner. “We were well-organised. HSV made almost nothing from open play,” the former Germany international reflected. “We played very well in defence,” agreed coach Louis van Gaal in an interview. Bayern have only conceded three goals in their last six games.

Another stern test awaits Butt and his defenders on Wednesday, when Turin giants Juventus Turin visit the Allianz Arena in the Champions League. Concentration would again be the key, Butt said: “When top teams meet, you’re punished for the smallest error.”