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Football | Germany

Freiburg first, then Dortmund - Heynckes



Bayern Munich face resurgent Freiburg in the Bundesliga midweek and coach Jupp Heynckes has dismissed any talk of Saturday's crunch tie against Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern hold a nine-point lead at the top of the German league and host second-placed Dortmund at Munich's Allianz Arena on Saturday in one of the ties of the season so far.

Freiburg, however, broke into the league's top six teams on Sunday with an impressive 3-0 win at home to VfB Stuttgart and Heynckes said all his focus is on their away game on Wednesday, not on the visit of the defending champions.

"No! Nothing on Borussia Dortmund, only SC Freiburg. That is our focus and nothing else," insisted Heynckes, when asked about Dortmund as he ruled out any squad rotation to keep players fresh for Borussia.

"We want to stay in the flow and win the game, so we are just focusing on ourselves.

"We want to keep our lead at the top of the table and run out with the team which will give us the best chance of winning."

Although Bayern beat Dortmund in the pre-season League Cup final in Munich, Dortmund last lost to the Bavarians during the regular season back in February 2010 and have won the league title in both of the last two seasons.

But Germany midfielder Thomas Mueller admitted "you can't look around the Dortmund game", while president Uli Hoeness told German magazine Kicker that Bayern face a "decisive week" and a "decisive game".

Bayern want to win in Freiburg and then "we are really looking forward to a gigantic game," he added.

Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer added: "The nuts and bolts of the matter is taking three points from Freiburg. With a good result it will be an easier game. It's time to win against Dortmund. They are our biggest rivals."

Bayern's new signing Javi Martinez, who scored his first goal on Saturday for Munich since joining from Athletic Bilbao in August, said Dortmund-Bayern is Germany's version of the Real Madrid-Barcelona clash dubebd 'El Clasico'.

"I have followed the duel in Spain and it is a bit like the Clasico, there have always been problems againt Dortmund and we have to change that," said the 24-year-old. "But we are thinking of Frieburg, then Dortmund."

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