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En route to Lille

FCB ‘very hopeful’ for trip to northern France

A Bayern party including a 19-strong squad set off as planned on Monday morning for the Champions League Group F encounter with OSC Lille. “We're in good shape, and we're very hopeful as we travel to Lille," said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge prior to takeoff from Munich. “We’re under a little pressure because of the defeat to Borisov. It's up to the team now. Hopefully we can come away with a win tomorrow."

The Lufthansa plane took off for northern France at 10.45 am. Compared to Saturday’s Bundesliga meeting with Düsseldorf, the squad shows a couple of minor changes. Daniel van Buyten has remained in Munich with bruised ribs, but Claudio Pizarro returns after missing the weekend Bundesliga trip with jetlag following his international commitments with Peru. Emre Can, who turned out for the reserves at the weekend, also rejoins the seniors.

The plane has a scheduled touchdown in Lille of approximately midday. The obligatory pre-match press conference takes place in the early afternoon, before boss Jupp Heynckes supervises his men in a final training session at Grand Stade Lille Métropole, where Bayern's third group match kicks off at 8.45 pm CET on Tuesday evening.