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Cup clash in Augsburg

FCB ‘fully focused’ on quarter-final berth

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If you count the Supercup final, Bayern have played 53 competitive matches in 2012. The 54th and last of the year is the trip to Augsburg on Tuesday evening, just 10 days after FCB defeated the home team 2-0 in the Bundesliga on the same ground. However, this time it is a do-or-die encounter, with a place in the DFB Cup quarter-finals on offer to the winners.

“We want to remain in the cup and do well, so that means a place in the quarter-finals is a must," urged chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, hoping for the Reds’ 38th victory of the calendar year. The men from Munich are well-positioned for the second half of the season in the German top flight and the Champions League, but have no intention of missing out on a third chance of silverware. “And if we win, we can say once and for all we’ve come to the end of a good year," Rummenigge pronounced.