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Celtic spirit inspires Nuremberg

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Nuremberg’s coach Dieter Hecking.Photo: reuters
Nuremberg’s coach Dieter Hecking.Photo: reuters

Nuremberg coach Dieter Hecking has said his side must be inspired by Celtic’s Champions League giant-killing of Barcelona when they host German league leaders Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

“We need to do it like the Scots did, tight at the back and maybe we only need one or two balls to go in up front,” said Hecking after Celtic pulled off a stunning 2-1 group stage win over Barcelona in Glasgow.

The Nuremberg tie has an air of a David-Goliath confrontation about it.

While Bayern are seven-points clear at the top of the table, Nuremberg are 15th, just above the relegation places, and victory over their glamorous German neighbours would give a huge boost to moral.

With just two wins in their last 10 matches, Nuremberg have their work cut out in the 185th Bavarian derby as Bayern have won all five of their away games this season in the Bundesliga with a goal difference of 15-0.

Second-placed Schalke 04 are at fifth-placed Bayer Leverkusen with play-maker Lewis Holtby reported to have asked for a significant pay rise having received offers to play in the English Premier League.AFP

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