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Schweini’s top form

Midfield conductor with an uncanny vision

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For Bastian Schweinsteiger there was huge relief mixed with delight as he saluted with a clenched fist and joined his team-mates in celebrating Bayern’s victory over arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund with the fans. But leaving the stadium half an hour later, the euphoria seemed to have lifted from the 97-times-capped Germany international – despite qualifying for the cup semi-final, despite the devastating performance Schweinsteiger himself produced in the seething cauldron that was the Allianz Arena on Wednesday evening.

“I was only able to have a good game because the team worked so hard,” said the 28-year-old, reflecting on the evening’s events with his characteristic modesty. Schweinsteiger, Bayern’s vice-captain, knows the situation well. For all the praise coming his way, until the team have clinched the title, they have to concentrate on working to the maximum – starting on Sunday in Hoffenheim.