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Bayern issue declaration of intent

Postby FCBayernNews » Thu Aug 23, 2007 10:02 am

19.08.2007

The newspapers are falling over themselves in the search for superlatives to describe the new-look Bayern side, but officials at the club have attempted to dampen a rising tide of euphoria and ensure the players keep both feet firmly on the ground. “We’ve taken six points and nothing more,” coach Ottmar Hitzfeld warned on the day after his side’s gala 4-0 triumph away to serial title rivals Werder Bremen. “I have no problem with the fans getting excited, but we’re staying level-headed.”

With seven goals scored, none conceded and maximum points from their first two matches, Munich lead the embryonic Bundesliga standings as the rich vein of form evident in the pre-season League Cup shows no sign of ebbing away. “The players are doing fantastically well. It’s tremendous watching them enjoy themselves,” enthused club president Franz Beckenbauer, although the Kaiser added a note of warning: “There are no guarantees when it comes to the title.”

<b>Attractive and successful</b>

Despite the caution, it is already clear Bayern will have a say in the ultimate destination of the championship crown. “It was a very, very good display from us today, we played very well in defence and in attack,” captain Oliver Kahn remarked, “it’s an important result and an unmistakeable signal. I’ve always said that if we defend well, we’ll not only play good football, we’ll win trophies.“

The Reds’ disciplined rearguard allowed just one early chance to Werder’s Sanogo, although the 42,100 full house at the Weser stadium saw Hitzfeld’s men initially struggle for attacking fluency. “We didn’t really settle in the first half hour, and Bremen matched us all the way,” the General noted.

<b>Biggest-ever win in Bremen</b>

However, once Franck Ribery had opened the scoring with his first league goal, a cheeky 31st minute penalty after a foul on Luca Toni, Bayern seized the initiative and never looked in danger from that point on. Toni doubled the advantage on 51 minutes from a perfectly executed counter-attack, and the points were as good as in the bag.

“We had Bremen well under control in the second half. We denied them space and looked for chances on the break. It was comfortable for us from then on,“ Hitzfeld observed. Subs Hamit Altintop (79) and Andreas Ottl (87) duly stretched Bayern’s lead to hand the men in red their biggest-ever margin of victory in Bremen.

<b>A good day</b>

“It’s been a very good day for us,” a delighted Bastian Schweinsteiger mused, notwithstanding the fact Werder were missing a crowd of first-choice players. “You don’t go to Bremen and win 4-1 every day.” The only dark cloud on the horizon was caused by Naldo’s brutal early foul on his former team-mate Miroslav Klose, prompting the hobbling striker’s withdrawal at half-time.

Ribéry rode to the rescue with a virtuoso second half display in central midfield, the crowning glory provided by a sublime piece of individual control to launch the move leading to the third goal. “He’s great news for us, and fits perfectly into the team, as a personality and a player. His effort speaks for itself,” Hitzfeld smiled. Added Kahn: “Watching Franck Ribéry is a real pleasure.“
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