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Focus on finale

FCB on form for upcoming showdowns

The starting line-up gently jogged a couple of laps around the training ground, while the rest of the team completed an open training session in front of a good-sized crowd, none of them discouraged by the rain. In short, it was a sight you’ll see nearly every Sunday at the Säbener Strasse. However, for once, analysis and discussion of the previous day's game was not the main item on the agenda. No-one was talking about the 4-1 victory over Cologne or the second-place finish in this season’s Bundesliga, but rather about the upcoming finals in the DFB Cup (12 May) and the Champions League (19 May).

“We played for our own good today, to add to our points total and especially to keep up our rhythm and our sharpness ahead of the two finals,” coach Jupp Heynckes summarised, reviewing a victory earned by goals from Thomas Müller (34, 85), Franck Ribéry (who forced an own-goal by Köln captain Pedro Geromel after 52 minutes) and Arjen Robben (54).