Munich aim for victory in Freiburg

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25 February 2005 , HAMBURG - Bayern Munich return from their Champions League heroics to Bundesliga action on Saturday when they aim to retain the top flight lead at lowly SC Freiburg. Bayern are flying high after their 3-1 win over Arsenal in midweek and have not lost in Freiburg in the past six years, the last result there being an impressive 6-0 in December 2003. Munich lead the Bundesliga on goal difference over Schalke 04, who on Sunday host Hanover 96. Both have 44 points. Third-placed champions Werd

25 February 2005 

HAMBURG - Bayern Munich return from their Champions League heroics to Bundesliga action on Saturday when they aim to retain the top flight lead at lowly SC Freiburg.

Bayern are flying high after their 3-1 win over Arsenal in midweek and have not lost in Freiburg in the past six years, the last result there being an impressive 6-0 in December 2003.

Munich lead the Bundesliga on goal difference over Schalke 04, who on Sunday host Hanover 96. Both have 44 points.

Third-placed champions Werder Bremen look to rebound from their 3-0 home defeat against Olympique Lyon in the Champions League when they take on VfL Bochum, a match they must win given their four-point deficit on the leading duo.

The four teams following Bremen in the standings meet in two crucial duels which will decide who remains in the top places.

Bayer Leverkusen and VfB Stuttgart are locked on 38 points heading into their meeting in Leverkusen. Sixth-placed SV Hamburg (37 points) aim for their fifth straight victory at Hertha Berlin (36), who last week lost in Stuttgart, their first defeat in a dozen games.

Munich look to conserve their form from the Arsenal game in Freiburg as they can't afford to slip in their title duel with Schalke.

"We want to lift the trophy which means that we can not suffer any setback. We can not afford to lose a match," said midfielder Torsten Frings.

Playmaker Michael Ballack is doubtful due to injury while Sebastian Deisler is unlikely to make the squad because coach Felix Magath is not satisfied with the midfielder.

Deisler's multiple problems earlier in the week even prompted Munich boss Franz Beckenbauer to suggest that the midfielder should look for another club if he didn't make it in Munich.

But chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: "We have a big interest that he gets his breakthrough again with us."

Freiburg languish in 17th place, seven points away from safety, but have not given up hope.

"We have a chance against Munich if we play the way you have to play against them: giving it all you have and never stop running," said playmaker Zlatan Bajramovic, who has returned from a long-term injury.

Schalke, meanwhile, were hoping make the round of 16 in the UEFA Cup later Thursday against Shakhtar Donetsk before focussing on the games against Hanover - on Sunday in the league and Tuesday in the German cup.

Key defender Marcelo Bordon is set to return from Achilles tendon problems. But the omens are not good for Schalke as they have failed to beat Hanover in their last five home games and Hanover have played impressive away from home again this year.

The other games, all on Saturday, are Borussia Dortmund vs. Mainz 05, Hansa Rostock vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach, Kaiserslautern vs. VfL Wolfsburg and Arminia Bielefeld vs. Nuremberg. 

DPA

Subject: German news 

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