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Frances Ribery eager to face Bayern team-mates

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05 Feb 2013 17:46:56

Frances Ribery eager to face Bayern team-mates

France winger Franck Ribery has said he is looking forward to Wednesday's friendly international against Germany, which will pit him against his Bayern Munich team-mates in the German side.

Ribery is set to start on the left wing, meaning he is likely to be in direct opposition to his club colleagues Thomas Mueller and Bayern captain Philipp Lahm in the friendly at the Stade de France.

"It'll be a tremendous duel with the pair of them," the 29-year-old, who joined Bayern in 2007, told FCBayern.de.

"We'll set aside our friendship for the 90 minutes.

"I'm very familiar with how they play, but they know all about my game.

"And that also goes for all six Bayern players likely to represent Germany in Paris on Wednesday."

Germany are looking for revenge over the French after Olivier Giroud and Florent Malouda scored in a 2-1 victory for Les Bleus in Bremen last February, when Ribery played the first half.

While Ribery has admitted he has a soft spot for Germany, that will be the last thing on his mind come Wednesday.

"I'm still French and France is my home, but obviously I've developed different feelings for Germany compared to any other country in the world," he said.

"I can speak German nowadays and understand the mentality.

"I'm delighted when Germany win games - but not on Wednesday."

With Bayern 12 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, the Bavarians host fellow Champions League hopefuls Schalke 04 at Munich's Allianz Arena on Saturday.

"Obviously, both the international and the Bayern match are important. I hope no-one gets injured in our game or any of the other internationals," Ribery added.

Bayern travel to London to face Arsenal on February 19 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

"It won't be easy, despite Arsenal lagging behind a little in the English league," said Ribery, with Bayern bidding to reach the Champions League final for the third time in four years.

"They're a very good team with good players, capable of great football.

"We have to take the game very seriously and focus hard. If we think it'll be easy, it'll turn out bad for us."


AFP

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