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Team spirit as key to success against Haifa

It is only the second-to-last group match, but the Champions League clash with Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday (Live in English from 8.30 pm on Web Radio) is a do-or-die affair for Munich. “It feels like a final,” Bayern star Philipp Lahm declared, as Germany’s most successful club must win to retain any chance of making the last sixteen. Lahm offered a simple recipe: “We have to come out of the dressing room and show we’re the real Bayern.”

Traditional virtues such as fighting spirit, passion and determination are the qualities FCB hope will see them through against the in-form Israeli champions. Louis van Gaal has been gearing his men up for the match in a series of team talks and face-to-face chats with individual players. “In the run-up to kick-off, we have to encourage each other and wake each other up, so everyone’s prepared to give everything,” said Daniel van Buyten.