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Marching to victory?

In-form FCB fired up for Oktoberfest derby

It’s the same procedure as every year: at midday on Saturday, the mayor of Munich will tap the first barrel of the Oktoberfest with a hearty cry of O’zapft is! and the foaming Bavarian brew will flow like water for the next three weeks or so. In the footballing world, Bayern are hoping for a similarly steady stream of victories during the world’s biggest popular festival, although FCB coach Louis van Gaal set his sights just a little lower on Friday. “We have a very challenging schedule. We have to make sure we remain unbeaten while the Oktoberfest is on,” the boss demanded.

The Bundesliga fixture computer has served up a treat to go with the start of the famous beer-based revels, with Saturday’s all-Bavaria derby between Bayern and FC Nürnberg (Live in English from 3.15 pm on Web Radio). “Derbies are always hard work. The emotions reach boiling point,” Van Gaal warned. “It’s always a bit special against Nürnberg. It’s a derby, and we know that means fireworks,” said Daniel van Buyten, “but we’ll really go for it.”