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Mainz in Munich

Bayern aim for confidence-boosting win

A long and packed programme with a game every three or four days is nothing if not energy-sapping, for the players, the physiotherapists, the fitness staff, and naturally also for head coach Jupp Heynckes. The next two matches against Mainz and Madrid come up in double quick time, so after the 66-year-old returned home on Thursday from the trip to Dortmund, he switched on his TV and watched a couple of DVDs: first Mainz versus Köln, and then Real against Atletico Madrid. That, at least, was the plan. The reality was slightly different: “I wanted to watch the whole of the Madrid derby, but by half-time, my personal batteries were drained and I had to sleep," Heynckes reported.

However, the FCB boss had already managed to scrutinise the more important of the two games. Before mighty Real visit Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday, Bayern entertain Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga on Saturday evening (Live in English from 6.30 pm CET on Web Radio). “A win would be important for our confidence, but it'll be very tricky," the coach advised.