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Rummenigge: It's been a good week

Postby FCBayernNews » Sun Feb 12, 2012 7:20 pm

If there had been a prize for the hardiest player at the Allianz Arena on Saturday, it would have gone to Holger Badstuber. Following Bayern's comfortable 2-0 victory over Kaiserslautern, the centre back ignored temperatures well below -10 degrees Celsius and removed his shirt before saluting the home faithful, only then heading for the dressing room and a hot shower.

The 69,000 at the icy arena also had to summon up all their resistance to the chill, but the Bayern fans who braved the big freeze were suitably rewarded for their dedication as the home side turned in a display to warm the heart, dominating the toothless visitors at will. For long spells of a one-sided match, FCB looked just the side which went 13 games without defeat last autumn.

"It confirms we're on the up. It was a totally deserved victory, and we played very good football at times," said Jupp Heynckes as he reflected on his 100th top-flight victory as Bayern coach. "It's been a good week, in which we've twice won 2-0. In both matches, the team played some genuinely good football," an equally satisfied chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge commented.

Last Wednesday's DFB Cup quarter-final victory away to VfB Stuttgart was a relatively simple affair, and the story of Saturday's match against Kaiserslautern can also be told in very few words. Following Mario Gomez' sixth-minute opener, the visitors "were only concerned with damage limitation," FCB director of sport Christian Nerlinger remarked afterwards. Thomas Müller scored his first goal in five months to settle the issue just half an hour into the game.

"It was obvious to everyone that we wanted it wrapped up as quickly as possible," observed Toni Kroos. "Especially in the first half, we moved the ball well, we made very few mistakes, and we scored two goals," continued the playmaker, who set up Müller's strike. "There weren't exactly any fireworks in the second half, but Lautern never looked like getting back into it," the Germany international summarised, "we're getting better and better all the time."

"We did enough," remarked Gomez, whose 18th league goal of the season set Munich on their way to victory. "It was another good performance from us, and we could have stepped up a gear at any time," continued the striker. Manuel Neuer, who did not have a demanding save to make on the day, agreed with his team-mate. "We've won two matches in a row and our form has improved. We want to carry on from here. We have to keep picking up points because we want to stick around at the top."

"After our patchy start to the second half of the season, it's important we enter a more settled phase now," remarked Rummenigge, eyeing Borussia Dortmund's two-point lead at the top of the table, "we have to be ready in the event that Dortmund have an off day at some point and don't get a result." Gomez for one is heartened by the last couple of displays: "We kept it tight, we were very aggressive and we all fought for each other. That has to be the recipe for the next few weeks."
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