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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Muller: Bayern ready for Dortmund

Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Bayern Munich midfielder Thomas Muller believes his side will be taking on Borussia Dortmund at "just the right time" when the two clubs meet in this week's DFB-Pokal quarter-final.

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Wenesday will see the Bundesliga's top-two teams face off at the Allianz Arena with a place in the semi-finals at stake.

Despite Dortmund coming into the game with just one defeat from their last nine fixtures, Muller is feeling confident that Bayern, who themselves have lost just one league game all season, will still come out on top.

"We reckon we're strong, we're in fantastic shape, and obviously we'd like to win again," he said. "Dortmund are coming at just the right time."

Muller, who has been in superb form all season, appeared to raise the tension surrounding the match, before deciding to backtrack.

"All we finally want to do is prove again just who&," he started, before stopping. "No, I won't give you any headlines."

Muller added: "We know what Dortmund are capable of, and how much they've hurt us recently. It will be a tight and interesting game. It is not about the past but what is coming now."

After two years without a trophy Bayern are still in the race for three this season. With a safe cushion in the Bundesliga and having been named the team to beat in the Champions League, the Munich-based club also want to avenge Dortmund for the 5-2 defeat in last year's cup final.

"If we manage 100% we'll win and we will make it through to the cup semi-finals," Bayern attacker Toni Kroos said.

Bayern will be without Franck Ribery on Wednesday after the winger's red card in the last round against FC Augsburg. Arjen Robben is likely to replace him.




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