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Hymns of praise

Bayern return from France with 'dream result’

The players enjoyed a brief snack, and promptly retired to bed. “When I played and we won 2–0 away from home in Europe, the champagne flowed like water," reflected chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge at the midnight banquet. But FC Bayern in late March 2012 is no place for partying. “I have this message to our players: there's still a huge amount of work to do. Once it's all over, we'll hopefully be celebrating," continued Rummenigge. That will not be until mid-May or thereabouts, but FCB have already laid the foundations for a potentially superb season.

The men from Munich are through to the final of the DFB Cup, lie second in the Bundesliga, and as of Wednesday evening, are tantalisingly close to a place in the Champions League semi-finals. “The door is wide open," commented Rummenigge in the wake of a 2–0 victory away to Olympique Marseille in the quarter-final first leg. “We really enjoyed the evening, so all praise to the team," the chairman said.