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‘A must-win meeting’

Chairman: The chase starts against Freiburg

Bayern are nicely on track in the DFB Cup and the Champions League, and are now determined to make up lost ground in the Bundesliga. “This is the moment to start catching up in the league,” stated chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on the eve of Friday evening’s home meeting with SC Freiburg (Live in English from 8.15 pm on Web Radio).

The players clearly understand the urgency. “We need wins to move ourselves up the table,” said Jörg Butt, “and we have to start with three points against Freiburg.” As it happens, the weekend offers a fair chance of making inroads into the gap opened up by leaders Mainz and second-placed Dortmund, as the top two meet on Sunday. “I hope they draw,” Louis van Gaal commented. In that case, Munich could catch up two points on each of the front-runners, “and that’s four, which is more than three if one team wins,” the coach reasoned.