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Team spirit is key

Balance and élan to counter Red Devils

Bayern are keen to build on the midweek 2-0 victory over Stuttgart in the DFB Cup, widely acknowledged as their best performance of 2012 so far, when they meet Kaiserslautern on Saturday (Live in English from 3.15 pm on Web Radio) in front of a full house at the icy Allianz Arena. “We want to carry on where we left off on Wednesday," urged Jupp Heynckes, “I think we've turned the corner now."

The mood in the Bayern camp is good, the 66-year-old reported, although there remains the need to compensate for the loss of Bastian Schweinsteiger to an ankle ligament injury. David Alaba will continue the role he took over in Stuttgart alongside Luiz Gustavo in central midfield, Heynckes announced. “Both of them fitted in brilliantly, and also played extremely well. I don't think I need to make any changes to the defensive midfield positions."