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‘It’ll need 101 percent’

Bayern hope for chance to open gap at the top

Bayern are through to the Champions League quarter-finals, and now aim to continue their recent good progress in the Bundesliga. “We’d like to pull clear,” said Thomas Müller, pointing to the “tough opponents” lying in wait for rivals Schalke and Leverkusen over the next two weeks. “And then they play each other. What we have to do is win our matches and maybe open up a small gap.”

The next match FCB want to win takes place at the Allianz Arena against SC Freiburg this Saturday (Live in English from 6.15 pm CET on Web Radio). Given Munich’s slender lead in the standings, there was no risk of underestimating the side lying second-bottom of the table, Müller said. “It’s a game where we’ll have to give it 101 percent.”

Louis van Gaal feels his team will not be troubled by the switch from the Champions League to the Bundesliga. “I don’t regard it as a problem. We’ve had three full days,” the coach commented. Mark van Bommel agreed: “The squad can cope with it. We’ve already shown this season we can get results immediately after Champions League successes.”