Hitzfeld: Bayern are back
Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has said that the League Cup represents a golden opportunity for the Bavarian club to show their rivals that they are once again a Bundesliga force.
Bayern endured a relatively disappointing campaign in 2006-2007, finishing in fourth position and thereby missing out on the Champions League, a competition in which they regularly feature in the knockout stages.
"The final is our aim," he said. "We can send out a signal which says FC Bayern are to be reckoned with once again."
Stuttgart coach Armin Veh is less enthusiastic about the possibilities afforded by the dumbed-down cup competition, which amounts to little more than a glorified pre-season competition with only eight teams involved.
"I am not reading anything into this game," he said. "We are not fresh and have a lot of injuries. What counts for us is the [league] season."