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FCB march on with superb team performance

Postby FCBayernNews » Sun Nov 04, 2012 8:00 pm

It's hard to imagine a better round of matches than Matchday 10 in this season's Bundesliga, as Bayern again picked up three points away from home, extended their lead in the standings, and set yet another new record. A week after an unnecessary home defeat to Leverkusen, the sun shone again on the FCB camp following an authoritative 3-0 victory over Hamburg.

"My team's performance was sumptuous. Each man worked for everyone else. I'm really satisfied with the football we played for the full 90 minutes. We faced determined and motivated opponents but turned in an outstanding display," intoned coach Jupp Heynckes in the mixed zone at the Imtech Arena. "That was almost football as art, and it's wonderful to watch," agreed club president Uli Hoeneß.

Bastian Schweinsteiger opened the scoring with a 40th-minute diving header. Four minutes after the restart, Thomas Müller doubled the advantage with a stunning goal from the tightest of angles, before Toni Kroos wrapped up a first victory in the northern port city since November 2006 with a belter in the 53rd minute. Four days after strolling into the last sixteen of the cup against Kaiserslautern. FCB once again showed just how hard they are to derail in a truly impressive display in Hamburg.

"Overall, that was football at a relatively high level," said board director for sport Matthias Sammer. "It was a great game from us and a superb team performance," added Müller, whose goal contributed to a new Bundesliga record of five victories without conceding a goal in the first five away fixtures.

"We've won in Hamburg again at last. It's been a tricky place for us to come recently. I'd personally never won here before," continued Müller. In the wake of the previous week's unlucky defeat and the parallels to last season, albeit mainly raised by the media, the striker felt a lot more confident: "That'll put an end to the debate about Bayern's loss of form in November."

There was little to criticise in the 95th meeting between HSV and FCB, as the 57,000 crowd saw the visitors fundamentally outclass the home side. "It was an important victory. We dropped three points against Leverkusen so we were determined to win. But you don't just turn up and take the points in Hamburg," mused Schweinsteiger, "we're defending as a team better than we did last year. Our transition from defence to attack is better too."

Hamburg keeper René Adler, who saved his team from a worse defeat with a number of fine saves, was fulsome in his praise afterwards. "They were at least one level better, if not several levels better on the day. If you let class players like Müller or Ribéry play their football, every team in the Bundesliga, and many others besides, will tend to look like schoolboys."

Nothing guaranteed yet

Elsewhere, rivals Frankfurt were held 1-1 by Greuther Fürth, Schalke fell 3-2 away to Hoffenheim, and Dortmund played out a goalless home draw with Stuttgart. The results added even more gloss to Saturday, as the men from Munich lead Schalke and Frankfurt by seven points with around a third of the season played.

"Every other team in the league who might have been hoping we'd slip up today is out of luck. It'll be a nice evening for us but not for the rest of the leading group, and we're happy about that," said Müller with a grin. However, he and his team-mates are perfectly aware there is a long way to go yet.

On Wednesday, Lille visit Munich for the second Champions League home match of the season, with surprise package Frankfurt due at the Allianz Arena three days later. In the circumstances, David Alaba was only being realistic when he said: "We've won nothing yet. We have to keep moving forward."
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