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Bayern lament points dropped in Hamburg

Postby FCBayernNews » Thu Feb 09, 2012 2:26 pm

Bayern could not be faulted for effort in the freezing cold of the Imtech Arena on Saturday, with 21 shots at goal, 10 corners and 60 percent of the possession. For all that, Hamburg claimed a 1-1 draw with FCB, who were not entirely sure what to make of it afterwards. "Basically, you're disappointed and angry, but on the other hand you can't say we played badly," reflected Thomas Müller, "so we're caught between two stools."

The Munich camp was united in accepting that one point was not enough. "I'm immensely angry about the draw, because we could have taken so much more from the game," continued Müller. "We should have won here, with graft and effort if necessary," said boss Jupp Heynckes. The coach had no complaints about his side's determination and attitude, "but FC Bayern always aim higher than anyone else, so we can't be satisfied, that much is clear."

"Enjoy it in the cold," referee Knut Kircher advised the captains at the toss for ends, and visiting FCB were comfortably the better of the sides on the night. As temperatures plummeted to below -10 degrees Celsius, the 57,000 full house saw Bayern hampered less by the deep chill and more by their opponents' packed defence. "We were okay, but we lacked the last few percent upfront," summarised Arjen Robben.

In common with most of the players, captain Philipp Lahm had mixed feelings afterwards. "We never played the killer pass or the killer cross, and we never saw it through to the end in the final third, but we were better than in our last two matches." Müller agreed that the display in Hamburg was "not bad at all. Maybe we were just a touch indecisive in front of goal. Drobny made a couple of good saves, so we're left here looking for answers."

Olic on target

Hamburg's 23rd-minute opener from Italian talent Jacopo Sala came against the run of play, but all Bayern had to show for their efforts was a 71st-minute equaliser by former home hero Ivica Olic, who netted after a corner. "Better one point than none at all," said the striker, "but it wasn't enough. We have a lot of work to do before we recapture our best form."

There is work to do in the league as well, as the result means the lead in the Bundesliga has changed hands. Bayern now have 41 points, but champions Dortmund have moved two clear on 43. "Obviously we're disappointed, but it's a long season," said Robben. Lahm insisted there was no need for hand wringing: "Our rivals will drop points too."

Stuttgart on Wednesday

Nevertheless, Bayern's start to the second half of the campaign has been patchy to say the least. "We set out with a three-point lead and now we're two points behind, which says it all," commented Christian Nerlinger. Naturally, there is no doubting the potential in the team. "Maybe we just need one good match for it all to come together," Robben mused.

A good time for that to happen would be this Wednesday's DFB Cup quarter-final away to Stuttgart. And for the mildly superstitious, a 1-1 draw away to Hamburg is actually a good omen, as the last two seasons in which the trip to HSV ended in the same result (2001, 2008) finished with Bayern top of the standings.
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