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BUNDESLIGA: Bayern Eye Second Spot

Posted on: November 29, 2008

BERLIN: Bayern Munich striker Miroslav Klose insists the defending Bundesliga champions must seize their chance to leapfrog Bayer Leverkusen to go second in the table when the two sides meet today.

The Bavaria derby gives third-placed Bayern the chance to overtake their rivals in the table and put themselves in pole position to take on league leaders Hoffenheim in Munich the following weekend.

But Klose insists despite his side facing four tough games in the next fortnight, including their Champions League clash with Lyon, Jurgen Klinsmann’s Bayern must focus fully on Leverkusen.

“We have a hard programme ahead of us now with some very, very difficult games,” said Klose, who scored twice in his side’s 3-0 Champions League win over Steaua Bucharest last Tuesday.

“But we can’t afford to make the mistake of talking about Lyon or deliberating over Hoffenheim, everything has to go into the Leverkusen game.”

League leaders Hoffenheim host strugglers Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday with Bosnia striker Vedad Ibisevic in classy form with 16 goals in 14 league games including three in the last two.

Today: Werder Bremen v Eintracht Frankfur,t Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern Munich, Hanover 96 v Karlsruhe Borussia, M’gladbach v Energie Cottbus, Hoffenheim v Arminia Bielefeld.

Tomorrow: VfB Stuttgart v Schalke 04, VfL Bochum v Hamburg, Borussia Dortmund v VfL Wolfsburg. — AFP

New Straits Times

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