Last season was one to forget for the Bavarians, who lost their league crown to Stuttgart and missed out on a place in the Champions League after a fourth-placed finish. But a 4-1 victory over Werder Bremen in the quarter-finals of the German League Cup last Saturday gave the fans a lift with the new season less than three weeks away.
They now face Bundesliga champions Stuttgart in the last four on Wednesday, and Hitzfeld admitted: "The final is our aim. We can send out a signal which says FC Bayern are to be reckoned with once again."
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