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Moving swiftly on

Van Buyten: Everyone has to give everything

On Monday, the pain of Saturday's 2-0 defeat in Leverkusen was still keenly felt in the Bayern camp. “It's hard to get over," said Thomas Müller, “it was the way we lost. It happens so often in football: if you fail to put away your chances, you'll eventually let one in." That in a nutshell was exactly the story of the BayArena clash, the result of which has allowed Dortmund to extend their lead in the standings to seven points.

However, two days after FCB's sixth league defeat of term, everyone at the club was keen to move swiftly on. “We have to do our homework," said Germany international Müller, “we have a hard week of training ahead of us." The schedule opens with two sessions on Tuesday, and concludes next Saturday with a crucial Bundesliga home fixture against Hoffenheim, a match which ushers in a spell of five games in 15 days.