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Diarra keeping plenty in reserve for Bayern

Published: Wednesday 21 October 2009, 8.45CET
Alou Diarra's rise to prominence is "one of the seven wonders of the world" for FC Bayern München's Uli Hoeness, but the FC Girondins de Bordeaux captain is interested only in points, not making waves.
by Sebastien Blanchard
from Bordeaux
Diarra keeping plenty in reserve for Bayern
Bordeaux's Alou Diarra will face his old club Bayern Munich ©Getty Images

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Goals scored14
 
21
Attempts on target50
 
85
Attempts off target65
 
83
Corners46
 
98
Offsides26
 
25
Fouls committed156
 
169
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23
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Published: Wednesday 21 October 2009, 8.45CET

Diarra keeping plenty in reserve for Bayern

Alou Diarra's rise to prominence is "one of the seven wonders of the world" for FC Bayern München's Uli Hoeness, but the FC Girondins de Bordeaux captain is interested only in points, not making waves.

Alou Diarra's rise to prominence is "one of the seven wonders of the world" according to FC Bayern München general manager Uli Hoeness, but the FC Girondins de Bordeaux captain is interested in points, not making waves, as the French titleholders prepare to host his former employers.

Bayern reunion
At the start of his career Diarra spent two years with Bayern's second string, playing alongside the likes of Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger. "I have very fond memories of my time in Bayern," said the French international. "I played with very big players and I'm looking forward to meeting up with some of the guys who played with me in the reserve team."

Hoeness amazed
When he does Uli Hoeness may be an aghast onlooker after admitting that when Diarra left to join Liverpool FC in 2002 he never expected their paths to cross again. "If somebody had told me [he would return for a UEFA Champions League game] five years ago and made a bet with me, I would have lost a fortune," Bayern's general manager told Bild newspaper. "For me, it is like one of the seven wonders of the world that he is captain of Bordeaux and even plays for the national team."

Loan moves
Diarra never played a competitive game for Liverpool, spending the next three seasons on loan in France with Le Havre AC, SC Bastia and RC Lens. The latter spell led to a permanent move and after spending 2006/07 at Olympique Lyonnais having been earmarked as a replacement for Mahamadou Diarra, the midfielder really found his feet at Bordeaux – he was a key part of their double-winning side last term.

Improvement needed
Bordeaux's fortunes have dipped this term, with Laurent Blanc's men suffering consecutive away defeats at AS St-Etienne and AJ Auxerre – prompting some cause for concern. "At St-Etienne, it was obvious: we were no good and everything went wrong," the 28-year-old said. "But we were unlucky in the first half at Auxerre. Then we gave them space and ended up completely disorganised."

New beginning
Diarra sees Wednesday's Group A fixture as a chance to wipe the slate clean and start afresh, for the team if not for himself. "There will be no big speech before the Bayern game," he said. "I will ask the players to be focused and to forget about the mistakes we made in the recent matches." He may wish to remind Bayern and Hoeness of their own miscalculations, however, and why they let him leave.

Last updated: 21/10/09 20.43CET

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