Bayern reserve side to do the first team a favour

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28 March 2005 , HAMBURG - The reserve side of Bayern Munich is hoping to add another scalp to their already impressive list of victims during this seasons German Cup, when they take on the defending champions, Werder Bremen, in a quarter-final on Tuesday. The side, that campaigns in Germanys third division, has already ousted a first division club (Borussia Moenchengladbach), a second division team (last years losing finalist, Alemannia Aachen) and a third division side (Eintracht Braunschweig). Under cup

28 March 2005 

HAMBURG - The reserve side of Bayern Munich is hoping to add another scalp to their already impressive list of victims during this seasons German Cup, when they take on the defending champions, Werder Bremen, in a quarter-final on Tuesday.

The side, that campaigns in Germanys third division, has already ousted a first division club (Borussia Moenchengladbach), a second division team (last years losing finalist, Alemannia Aachen) and a third division side (Eintracht Braunschweig).

Under cup rules, players are not cup tied in Germany and the Bayern amateur side has used several professional players - like World Cup winner Willy Sagnol, German internationals Tobias Rau and Bastian Schweinsteiger, as well as goalkeeper Michael Rensing in their cup matches this season already.

Bayern coach Felix Magath on Sunday announced that Rensing, as well as former German internationals Alexander Zickler and Thomas Linke will strengthen the second side.

The match in Munich is not the first time that the two teams have played against each other in the cup. In the 1994/5 season, the amateur side (with a youthful Zickler in the team) managed to upset the then holders 2-1 in the first round, but Werder gained some semblance of revenge a year later, when they won the first round encounter in Munich 1-0.

For Hansa Rostock coach Joerg Berger, the fact that his sides match on Tuesday is at Arminia Bielefeld must come as a blessing as Rostock, who are stone-last in the Bundesliga standings, have yet to win a match at home this season.

Bielefeld are enjoying an excellent season and in South African Delron Buckley have the second-best scorer in the league. The striker has already found the net 14 times in the league this season, including four times in the last four matches.

Buckleys tally for the cup is equally impressive with three from three and he is now hoping to add another in the quarter-final.

The third game on Tuesday sees Schalke 04 take on Hanover 96 in Gelsenkirchen. The two sides met in the league on Sunday, with Schalke managing a somewhat lucky 1-0 win.

Both coaches admitted after the game that they had left some players on the bench to rest them, with Schalke coach Ralf Rangnick adding that he thought the victory in the league game had been very important.

"I think that will give us a little bit of a boost for the match on Tuesday. My players will go into the game believing that they can do it again and hopefully that will swing the game in our favour," he said. 

The final game in the quarter-final takes place on Wednesday and sees another repeat of a league match from the weekend, with Bayern Munich travelling to SC Freiburg.

The league leaders also had a very tough time before beating Freiburg 1-0, with coach Magath less than happy with his sides performance. He is hoping to have German international midfielder Michael Ballack, who missed two weeks through injury, back for the cup game.

"If he is fit, he will obviously play. He has worked with a physical trainer for two days now and I am confident that he will be fit for Wednesday," Magath said.

Magath is also counting on Peruvian striker Paolo Guerrero, who has - like goalkeeper Rensing - already played for both Bayern Munich teams during this seasons cup competition.

After being promoted to the first team following his four goals in the first two rounds for the reserve side, Guerrero said that he was hoping to make it all the way to the final.

"I hope to be able to play in Berlin - against my old side, our reserve team," he said.

DPA

Subject: German news

 

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