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FCB ‘still hungry’ prior to Roma return

Bayern have two more games to play before the next international break. The Reds travel to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga on Saturday looking for another three-point haul on their travels, but before then Pep Guardiola’s troops go in search of the victory over AS Roma in the Champions League that would guarantee top spot in Group E after only four of the six matchdays. “We’re still extremely hungry and ambitious,” announced David Alaba at the press conference in the Säbener Strasse media centre two days in advance of Wednesday night’s European clash.

The men from Munich, who completed a closed training session and began preparing for the meeting with the Rome giants on Monday afternoon, have banished the memory of the sensational 7-1 triumph in the Italian capital two weeks ago. “Roma remain a strong team,” insisted Alaba, “they’re coming to us looking for points, and they have players capable of deciding a game on their own.”

Juan Bernat, who like Alaba has featured in every competitive match played by Germany’s biggest club this term, issued a similar warning. The Spaniard knows Francesco Totti and Co will do everything in their power to wipe away the memory of the calamitous home defeat: “We were perfect on the night but the game was an exception. It starts again with the score 0-0. It’ll be tough and hard-fought.”