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Lille camp confident Bayern can be beaten

Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis (Welcome To The Sticks) is a French-language hit movie dating from 2008 which plays on a set of clichés associated with the area where the Bayern squad arrived on Monday, the Nord-Pas de Calais. It is the most northern region of France, sandwiched between the English Channel and the Belgian border, where the folk are said to speak a strange and unusual dialect, the landscape is bleak, and the weather is permanently chilly and damp. But when the FCB party touched down, the sun was out and the temperature was 20°C, making a mockery of the clichés.

They can also play football here. “Bayern should be cautious," former Munich and France great Bixente Lizarazu was quoted as saying in the German press. LOSC Lille entertain the men from Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday evening, “but the French standings are deceptive," Lizarazu said, “normally they'd be in the top three. They'll get going at some point."