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One win to Berlin

Reds on revenge mission in cup semi-final

A cup final is a very special occasion, and Bayern had a foretaste of the Berlin Olympic Stadium packed to its 74,000 capacity last Saturday when they thumped Hertha BSC 6-0 in the Bundesliga. The men in red intend to return to the capital in just under eight weeks for the DFB Cup final, but there is one hurdle still to overcome, the semi-final away to Borussia Mönchengladbach on Wednesday evening.

“We know how wonderful it is here in Berlin. We want to make the cup final," declared FCB captain Philipp Lahm ahead of the third Borussia v Bayern clash this season. The men from Munich lost both league fixtures against the Foals, but are determined to make it third time lucky and claim a berth in the domestic cup final for the 18th time in all.

“We want to wipe away the memory of both defeats to Gladbach in the Bundesliga," chimed in boss Jupp Heynckes, who has yet to win the DFB Cup in his long and otherwise highly successful coaching career. Heynckes’ men are brimming with confidence after scoring 20 goals in three big victories last week, but the stars are cautious too ahead of the trip to Borussia Park, where Gladbach have not lost for more than a year.