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'History matters in football'

FCB bank on stellar record at home to Bayer

The Berlin Wall was still intact and Franz Beckenbauer was Germany head coach back in 1989, the year in which Bayern last lost at home to Leverkusen. Since then, the Bavarians have negotiated 19 home Bundesliga meetings with the Rhineland outfit without losing a single one. “History matters in football, and if history shows Bayern always beating Bayer, it’s to our advantage,” said Louis van Gaal.

Bayer make their annual trip to Munich this Sunday. “Up in Leverkusen, their record here in Munich is obviously somewhere in the back of the players’ minds,” agreed Jörg Butt, who faced Bayern with Bayer six times between 2001 and 2007 but went home with just a single point.