Created on 22-02-2013 at 00:00 AM
It's not exactly often that Bayern find themselves 5-0 down after 67 minutes – and it’s almost unimaginable in a match at the Allianz Arena. But it actually did happen, more than four years ago, in the first fixture of the Oktoberfest period in 2008. The opponents were Werder Bremen, and it went on to finish 5-2 to the men in green. Fast forward to the present day, and Bayern are on a superb winning run. FCB have conceded a miserly seven goals in almost 2,000 minutes of play in the Bundesliga this term, and are looking to extend their impressive record with a home win against the current Bremen team on Saturday (Live in English from 3.30 pm CET on FCB.tv Web Radio).
“We simply need to continue steadfastly on our way. We mustn't let up, we mustn't look over our shoulders, and we mustn't look from side to side. We have to keep looking forward, with total concentration and great determination," urged Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Three points at home on Saturday would at least maintain the “wonderful" lead over Dortmund and Leverkusen, 15 and 16 points back respectively. “And I'm convinced we'll do it,” the chairman said.
Bayern versus Bremen is a meeting between the league leaders, unbeaten in their last 19 games, and the side treading water in 11th. Seemingly an easy game to call, but Jupp Heynckes was his usual wary self on Friday: “They have many creative strengths and they're good on the ball," the FCB coach warned, “let's be cautious, because Bremen have enormous footballing potential. And we know full well no-one's handing out gifts in this league."