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Score to settle

Double motivation for Munich against Mainz

No-one in the Bayern camp is carrying an injury ahead of the home clash against Mainz – with the exception of the coach, whose left hand and right hamstring still bear the scars of a fall on the touchline during last week’s match in Bremen as he slipped while trying to avoid the jubilant Arjen Robben. “He was too quick for me, I strained the muscle due to the cold, and maybe I’m just a bit old these days,” Louis van Gaal grinned. In the game against Mainz on Saturday (Live in English from 3.15 pm CET on Web Radio) his gestures and behaviour will be “not as explosive,” the boss insisted, but he will surely be as fired up inside as ever.

For Bayern have a score to settle with Mainz, as the promoted outfit won the reverse fixture 2-1 at the start of the season. “It was my first defeat with Bayern Munich. I was very disappointed,” recalled Van Gaal, shuddering slightly at the memory of that August afternoon, “it was the only match in which my players didn’t give 100 percent. I substituted two players after 30 minutes, which speaks volumes.”