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Aiming for top spot

FCB set to ‘get stuck in’ against Borisov

Back in October, a certain BATE Borisov struck to deadly effect on the break against Bayern, winning 3-1 in Minsk and handing FCB a first defeat of term. “Obviously, we've been warned," noted Bastian Schweinsteiger, “when you first hear the name Borisov, you think of the kind of team we'll beat 5-0. But that's not the case!" Nevertheless, when the men from Munich step out for the return fixture on Wednesday evening (Live in English from 8.30 pm CET on free Web Radio), the Bundesliga leaders will be looking to round off their Champions League group stage programme with a home win.

That would guarantee FCB first place in the final group standings. “It has to be our target. We want to play the first leg in the last sixteen away from home, and also avoid one or two of the big names like Barcelona and Manchester United, at least at this point in time," remarked Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Should FCB fail to win at the Allianz Arena, the group outcome would be dependent on the result between Lille and Valencia in the parallel fixture, but whatever happens, Bayern are already guaranteed a spot in the first knockout round.