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Crucial cup clash

FCB determined to claim semi-final berth

A big freeze continues to hold Germany in its icy grasp, but despite the deep chill and plummeting temperatures, Bayern are expecting a fiery encounter when they travel to face VfB Stuttgart in the DFB Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday evening. “It will definitely be an intense and hard-fought match," predicted boss Jupp Heynckes.

In the light of his side’s patchy start to the second half of the season, the coach continued, the latest episode in the long-running battle for bragging rights in the footballing south of the country was a “welcome opportunity" for Munich to run up a confidence-boosting result. “We aim to be successful in this competition, so we're very optimistic as we head to Stuttgart," Heynckes said, “naturally, we want to progress in the cup, that must be clear to everyone."