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FCB prepared for Champions League battle

Munich airport was hit by strikes on Tuesday, as ground staff walked out in a dispute over pay. The word “cancelled" featured large on the departure indicators, against the flights to Milan and Madrid, for example. But the plane to Marseille was not affected, and the Bayern party successfully surmounted the first hurdle on the way to the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Olympique Marseille on Wednesday night (Live in English from 8.45 pm on free Web Radio).

“It wouldn't have been funny if the team was left hanging around the airport for a couple of hours," reflected chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Captain Philipp Lahm and Co were spared that waste of time, as the Lufthansa chartered jet with 188 persons on board – players, coaches, support staff, officials, media representatives and sponsors – took off for the south of France at 11.15, conveying FCB to their first-ever competitive meeting with OM.