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Potential ‘giant stride’

Victory over Cluj would pave way to last sixteen

Bayern have begun the job of reeling in the Bundesliga leaders, and now turn their attention to the Champions League. The Bavarians meet Romanian double winners CFR Cluj at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday (Live in English from 8.30 pm CET on Web Radio), where a third victory in their third group fixture would be “a giant stride towards the next round,” as Jörg Butt commented. “We’d be a long way ahead with nine points.”

The return fixture in Cluj takes place two weeks from now, and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge repeated his weekend call for the players “to take as many points as we can and lay the foundation for a place in the last sixteen.” The sooner FCB can seal a berth in the first knockout round, the more the stars can focus on the bread-and-butter business of the Bundesliga.