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Munich fired up for Stuttgart double-header

Louis van Gaal dealt with his side’s tough Champions League last sixteen draw quickly enough. “Inter,” he informed his team, who were out on the practice ground at the time of the draw. “And we just carried on and trained well,” the boss continued. The chance of revenge for defeat in last May’s final lies in the future, but Bayern’s priority is the present, and the pressure remains high for the nation’s most successful club.

“Every game is death or gladioli for us, because we’re lagging badly in the Bundesliga,” declared Van Gaal ahead of a double header away to VfB Stuttgart. FCB aim to round off the first half of the league season on a winning note with a Bundesliga success on Sunday, before booking a DFB Cup quarter-final spot against the same opponents on the same ground three days later. “Both matches are very important,” stated Van Gaal.