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11.01.2005

Ballack and Bayern want to beat Juventus

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Bayern Munich can earn a place in the second round of the Champions League with a victory over italian Juventus on Wednesday. Bayern lead the Bundesliga and have won their opening three European matches to lead their group. The German team play at second-place Juventus on Wednesday.

"We are going for a victory. We want to win the group," said Bayern coach Felix Magath, whose team beat Juve 2-1 on October 18.

If Bayern beat Juventus and Rapid Vienna get their first point of the season against FC Brugge, the German team are guaranteed the group-A title.

Juve ended a nine-match winning streak with a 3-1 loss to AC Milan on Saturday, but still lead the Serie A by two points.

"With Bayern, it will be another tough match," Juventus coach Fabio Capello said. "Now more than before I am convinced my team is extremely strong."

Bayern have problems in attack. Roque Santa Cruz is out for about five months with a knee injury, while Roy Makaay hasn't scored in 994 minutes after starting the season with six goals in three games. Makaay is still expected to start considering Claudio Pizarro, and Paulo Guerrero are even more out of form.

"He'll have to be able to deal with the pressure. I expect him to show his strength again," Magath said of Makaay.

Michael Ballack again will be relied upon. He scored the winner against Aue in the German Cup and then notched the winner again on Saturday in a 2-1 win over FC Cologne.