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We do not go to Munich to swap shirts – Runjaic

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 15 Apr 2014


Kaiserslautern coach Kosta Runjaic insists his team are not going to Bayern Munich to make up the numbers in their DFB-Pokal semi-final.

The second-tier outfit visit the Allianz Arena to face the already-crowned Bundesliga champions and Pokal holders, with a berth in the tournament final up for grabs.

Bayern have eased off since winning their 24th German title in March, and successive league defeats to Augsburg and Borussia Dortmund will give Runjaic some confidence.

But the Bavarian giants are still expected to comfortably see off Kaiserslautern as they go in search of their eighth final appearance in the last 12 seasons.

Runjaic acknowledges his side are underdogs but says they will not be overawed by the occasion.

“We do not go to Munich to swap jerseys,” Runjaic said.

“We are conscious of our inferiority, but that can also be liberating.

“I believe! But of course the faith is one thing, and the implementation on the pitch (is) the other.”

Kaiserslautern defender Marc Torrejon, meanwhile, feels work-rate and sticking to Runjaic’s game plan can help them claim a famous victory.

“We want to win, that’s our goal, but it is very, very difficult. We need to work well and run a lot,” Torrejon said.

“We need to (keep) Bayern, which is currently the best team in the world, doubled on the outside while keeping the centre tight.

“We also need to defend forward and take advantage of the few opportunities (we get).”

Bayern have won the competition a record 16 times and are trying to become the first side to defend the trophy since they did so in the 2006-07 season.

Kaiserslautern also have previous DFB-Pokal success, claiming wins in 1990 and 1996, while they lost the 2003 final 3-1 to Bayern.


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