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Decisive weeks

Chairman: We'll take everything we can

Relax and reflect on the festival night against Porto – that was the motto for the Reds on Thursday. However, the focus will shift as of Friday. There is the German championship, for instance, which could definitively end up in Munich’s hands at the weekend.

That would happen in one of two possible scenarios: either Bayern defeat Hertha while Wolfsburg fail to win against Gladbach, or Bayern draw whereas Wolfsburg lose. One thing is certain – the Reds will follow it from their sofas, as Wolfsburg play on Sunday (17.30 CET) whereas Bayern's match is on Saturday (18.30 CET).

It is an unusual situation, “and it's more satisfying to leave the pitch as confirmed champions,” Karl-Heinz Rummenigge commented. According to the FCB chairman they are dependent on the Wolfsburg result in theory, but a victory over Hertha would be sufficient to “effectively win the title in any case” because of FCB’s vastly superior goal difference (FCB +63, VfL +32). Whatever, it would be nice if FC Bayern could tick off the championship on Sunday evening.

Robben and Benatia set to return

If so, the Reds could fully focus on the two other competitions. “We have difficult matches coming up,” said Rummenigge. The DFB Cup semi-final against Borussia Dortmund is on Tuesday, with both legs of the Champions League semi-final following in the weeks thereafter. “We're in good shape right now. We want to take everything that's possible.”

The 59-year-old hopes Pep Guardiola will have more options as some of the injured players recover fitness. Arjen Robben's comeback (torn stomach muscle) is expected imminently. “Arjen is well on his way. We can hope he’ll return soon,” Rummenigge reported. Mehdi Benatia (torn hamstring) “will be back soon,” the chairman continued. Both players continued their sports rehab training on Thursday. Javi Martínez (cruciate ligament) was in for an extra workout one day after his return to regular team training.

Rummenigge hopes the Reds can count on Franck Ribéry (ankle) again soon: “We need him. Our next few matches are crucial. We need our best players on the pitch.” In both cup competitions the Bavarians' purpose is clear: “If you've come this far you want to play in Berlin.”

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