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Butt and Kroos in no mood for charity

The last time Bayer Leverkusen beat Bayern in the Bundesliga, Jörg Butt was in goal for the Werkself. The match, played more than six years ago in August 2004, finished 4-1 to Leverkusen – and it is by no means the only positive memory of his six seasons in the Rhneland from 2001 to 2006 cherished by the current FCB keeper. “It was a very successful period, and I recall it with happiness,” said Butt on the eve of returning to his former stamping ground on Saturday, “although the fact we failed to win a trophy still rankles today.”

Jörg’s first season in Leverkusen was the one likely to provoke the most rueful memories, as Bayer finished runners-up in the Bundesliga, DFB Cup and the Champions League. With the exception of 2002-3, the Rhineland side claimed a place in Europe every season, but Butt finally won the first trophy of his long career with Bayern last term.