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Respect and admiration

FCB win derby with convincing show of unity

One topic dominated the joyous singing and chanting rolling around the Allianz Arena throughout Bayern's meeting with Nürnberg on Saturday afternoon. The 71,000 full house repeatedly hailed their heroes with choruses of “champions, champions, champions FCB” – and the squad players sent out on the day by Jupp Heynckes responded with a hugely merited 4-0 victory in the 186th all-Bavaria derby.

“I think the approach still being taken by the team, the way the players are refusing to ease off, is just fantastic. Let me say this: respect, wonderful!" enthused Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. It was Bayern's first league fixture since sealing the title in record time away to Frankfurt last week. Right from the start, the men in red showed commendable intent to reward the fans, many of whom make lengthy journeys to support the team, with another entertaining display.