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Fired-up FCB vow return to winning ways

A truly decisive phase of the season opens on Saturday when Bayern entertain Hoffenheim, ushering in a packed programme of five matches in the space of 15 days. If things go according to plan in the Champions League, FCB could be playing twice a week for the next seven weeks. “We have crucial matches coming up," confirmed Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, eyeing a sequence which will almost certainly determine whether or not the season is judged a success.

The club chairman demanded “determination, passion and desire" as Jupp Heynckes and his men seek to make up for last week's defeat away to Leverkusen. Whatever it takes, Munich are determined to return to winning ways when Hoffenheim call by on Saturday (Live in English from 3.30 pm CET on Web Radio). “It's a very important match for us," said Luiz Gustavo, eyeing a seven-point gap in the table to leaders Dortmund. Winning would also be “a boost” ahead of the meeting with Basel in the Champions League three days later, added Heynckes.