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Bayern miss 'Schweini' as Dortmund loom

Bayern miss 'Schweini' as Dortmund loom

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm has admitted his side misses injury-victim Bastian Schweinsteiger as the German league leaders prepare for their showdown with Bundesliga champions Dortmund.

Bayern battled to a 2-1 victory at Augsburg on Sunday as Austria teenager David Alaba struggled in the key midfield role Schweinsteiger had filled with confidence until he broke his collarbone last Wednesday.

After this weekend's international break, Bayern's German league campaign resumes on November 19 with the visit of second-placed Borussia Dortmund and Munich hold a five-point lead at the top of the table.

Dortmund hammered Wolfsburg 5-1 last Saturday with the sort of form which saw them win last season's league title by seven points, but Bayern expect to win in Munich.

"We have to beat Dortmund to increase our lead and set an example," said director of sport Christian Nerlinger.

Schweinsteiger will be out for six weeks and Bayern missed his composure as they allowed Augsburg, who are bottom of the German league, back into the game having established a 2-0 lead.

"Bastian is very valuable to us. You can't just replace him like for like, we've seen that," admitted Lahm.

Alaba partnered Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, who was sent off in added time for a reckless foul, but Bayern's midfield creaked without Schweinsteiger's calm authority and Alaba admitted he struggled in the second half.

"We have lost our domination," admitted Nerlinger after the narrow win.

Bayern have some big games ahead with the visit of Villarreal in the Champions League coming three days after the Dortmund match.