Created on 18-12-2009 at 00:00 AM
Whatever happens in the match, there will be a festive feel to proceedings at the sold-out Allianz Arena on Saturday. The 69,000 crowd will enjoy free mulled wine, Lebkuchen cookies, and Mr Hoeneß's Bratwürstl, and Franz Beckenbauer will be honoured for his service to the club as player, coach and president. Louis Van Gaal's team can complete the celebration by continuing their winning streak and beating Hertha BSC Berlin in the last game before Christmas (Live in English from 3.15 pm CET Saturday on FCB.tv Web Radio), a highly desirable result as the Bavarians seek the best possible starting position for the second half of the league campaign.
“We want to have a wonderful Christmas, so I wish us, and particularly our fans, a victory,” chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said. Bayern have won their last five games, and intend to make it six against the Old Lady from Berlin. “It would be good to end the year with a win,” Van Gaal stated. Indeed, dropping points to the Bundesliga tail-enders would rather dampen the Christmas mood of everyone involved with Bayern. “We need three points,” demanded Rummenigge.