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‘We have a duty’

FCB vow ‘attractive football’ in Freiburg

Four days after Bayern’s exit from the Champions League, the Reds return to the bread-and-butter of the Bundesliga and the last away match of the season. The champions travel to the Breisgau region in the far south-west of Germany for the meeting with relegation-threatened SC Freiburg on Saturday (Live in English from 15:30 on Twitter and Web Radio).

“Obviously we want to win the match and play as well as possible,” boss Pep Guardiola announced at Friday lunchtime’s press conference. The Reds were confirmed as champions back on Matchday 30, but Guardiola rejected concerns that his troops might approach the last two matches half-heartedly. “We’re always serious,” the 44-year-old declared.

The men from Munich have achieved ten wins, a draw and a goal surplus of 33 to one in their matches with the league’s six remaining candidates for the drop this term. The Bavarians are determined to extend that record on Saturday. “It’s our duty. The other teams fighting relegation are relying on us,” noted Sebastian Rode. “We’re set on winning our last two games so we can celebrate the championship title as it should be celebrated.”

Reina and Dante suspended

“We know it’s been all over in the Bundesliga for a couple of weeks now, but we still want our fans to see us win. We aim to make a start in Freiburg and go all out for victory,” commented vice-captain Bastian Schweinsteiger. Jérôme Boateng called for a show of class: “We’re the champions, so we should enjoy it and still play attractive football.”

For the meeting with the side precariously placed in 15th, Guardiola will pick from more or less the same squad as last Tuesday’s Champions League meeting with Barcelona. The only fit players definitely missing are Pepe Reina, who serves a one-match ban after his red card against Augsburg last weekend, and Dante, who picked up a fifth yellow and a ban in the same match. There is a slight question-mark over Manuel Neuer, who Guardiola said came away from the Barcelona clash with an ankle injury.

Pre-match news from SC Freiburg

  • Unavailable: Mats Möller Daehlie (knee), Oliver Sorg (shin)

  • Coach Christian Streich“If we play well, calmly and cleverly, with hunger and precision, and also go to the limit, we have a chance of winning. I’m utterly convinced our goal difference will still be good after the match.”