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Schweinsteiger targets win for Van Gaal

March 10, 2011

Bayern Munich will be playing to give their coach Louis van Gaal a fitting send-off when they play Hamburg this weekend, according to their midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Bastian Schweinsteiger
GettyImagesBastian Schweinsteiger has urged Bayern to improve their poor domestic form

At the end of a week during which it was decided that Van Gaal's contract will be terminated at the end of the current season, Bayern desperately need three points to keep them in the hunt for a place in the Champions League next season.

They currently trail third-placed Hannover by four points with nine matches of the season remaining and midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger says the whole club is desperate to get back on track.

"We all want to be successful in the remaining weeks and to give him a fitting send-off,'' he said at a press conference. "He has deserved it after the way we played last season when we won a lot.

"It is sad that we have not been getting the results recently and we are just going to have to make an extra effort since we need the points.

"I think it is a shame (that he is leaving) because I think that he fits in at Bayern. We are going to have to do all we can to win on Saturday. Nobody wants to play in the Europa League.''

Bayern could even be six points adrift of the top three when they take to the field at the Allianz Arena on Saturday since Hannover are in action in Cologne tomorrow night and they can move into second with a win.

Bayer Leverkusen, who currently occupy that position, are not in action until Sunday when they travel to fifth-placed Mainz while the league leaders Borussia Dortmund will be looking for one of the five more wins they need to seal the title when they head to Hoffenheim on Saturday.

At the bottom of the table, Borussia Monchengladbach have given themselves hope of avoiding the drop thanks to two wins in their last three games and they could drag Werder Bremen down into danger with a win at the Weser Stadion on Saturday evening.

St Pauli and Stuttgart contend a relegation battle on Sunday evening while troubled Wolfsburg are at home to high-flying Nurnberg.

Elsewhere, Schalke entertain Eintracht Frankfurt, who have not scored a goal yet in 2011, and Kaiserslautern host Freiburg.