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Analysis: 'Sometimes, football just isn't fair'

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Analysis: 'Sometimes, football just isn't fair'

Postby FCBayernNews » Mon Mar 12, 2007 7:20 pm


The sobering conclusion following Bayern's 1-1 draw at home to Werder Bremen on Sunday was that the Reds played like champions and utterly dominated a leading contender for the title, but ultimately passed up a huge opportunity to mount a realistic assault on the championship crown.

"You know, sometimes it's better to play badly and win," coach Ottmar Hitzfeld mused the morning after the stalemate. Munich treated a full house at the Allianz Arena too "one of our best performances of the season, possibly even the best of all," Philipp Lahm reflected, as the home side played the second-placed visitors off the park for the first hour, only for a result giving a completely false impression of the match.

<b>No points for missed chances</b>

"Even I was taken by surprise before half-time," Hitzfeld admitted. "We were absolutely dominant and should have been three or four goals clear." Bayern led from the seventh minute onwards when Lukas Podolski finished off what the coach described as "a tremendous move," but then failed to capitalise on a string of first-class openings.

Owen Hargreaves and Podolski were denied by in-form Bremen shot-stopper Tim Wiese. "He was sensational. He played way above himself," Hitzfeld acknowledged. To rub salt into the wound, Bastian Schweinsteiger put a header and then a shot against the woodwork. "We maintained a high tempo and passed the ball well. Unfortunately, we were at fault with our finishing. You have to say we were unlucky," the coach summarised.

<b>Not always fair</b>

The pattern continued after the interval as Podolski squandered a gilt-edged chance to double the advantage on 56 minutes. Perhaps almost inevitably in the circumstances, Bremen substitute Markus Rosenburg netted the equaliser 10 minutes later with his side's first real opportunity. "Their equaliser was a bitter blow. We hardly let them have any other chances," the General lamented. Roy Makaay was forced to agree: "They got a half-chance and it went in. Sometimes, football just isn't fair."

"Taking the game as a whole, you'd say we deserved to win. But if you don't put away your chances, you're always in danger of conceding a goal and chucking away two points," man of the match Mark van Bommel reasoned. "At least we came back at them after the equaliser," Hitzfeld observed, but Hasan Salihamidzic and Podolski fired the last two clear-cut openings wide of Wiese's goal.

<b>More signs of progress</b>

Despite the dropped points, Hitzfeld declared himself "not unhappy. If I look at our performance as a whole, we've made progress, and that's important to me. There's no need for us to be down, the opposite in fact. We should be lifted by the match, it will give us energy, courage and confidence. We can still get even better."

Hasan Salihamidzic certainly agreed with the analysis. "We've recaptured the spirit of Bayern Munich. Other teams are frightened of us again. We've taken a huge step forward. No-one's dominated Bremen like that so far this season."

<b>Fight to the end</b>

The situation could look completely different again after the forthcoming fixtures away to Eintracht Frankfurt and at home to leaders Schalke, the Bosnian midfielder insisted. And in any case, Sunday's draw had not changed the situation regarding the club's priority, qualifying for the Champions League. "We're not contemplating the title," Van Bommel declared, "but provided we keep playing like that, we could end up third, second or even first."
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