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Bayern vow 'positive reaction' in road opener

Postby FCBayernNews » Fri Aug 12, 2011 5:10 pm

It has not been the easiest of weeks for Jupp Heynckes. Instead of sitting down with his players and thoroughly working through the 1-0 defeat to Mönchengladbach, the FCB boss was forced to wait until his 16 current internationals returned to Munich on Thursday. The 66-year-old effectively only had one day to excise last weekend's loss from the players' minds and turn their attention to Saturdays VfL Wolfsburg clash (Live in English from 3.15 pm CET on Web Radio).

"It's obviously not the situation you want, and it's obviously hardly optimal, but that's life at Bayern, and we know all about it here," Heynckes reflected ahead of Friday's final pre-match training session at the Säbener Strasse. The boss does not believe his men have entirely erased the memory of last Sunday's home defeat. "If you're ambitious and if you're used to competing for trophies, you don't just move on from a defeat like that overnight. It sticks in your thoughts."

However, the seasoned coach is looking to turn the mental hangover into a positive as his men prepare to face the Wolves. "Defeats have always been the biggest motivating factor for me, as a player and also as a coach," Heynckes remarked. "One thing is crystal clear: what we need after losing to Gladbach is a positive reaction. That's what has to happen."

The boss called on his players to show "greater determination" in front of goal, "because we have to finish off our attacking moves more successfully." The comment echoed a statement made by director of sport Christian Nerlinger during the week. "It was clear our attacking game stuttered at times. We lacked inspiration, creativity and the last couple of percent in terms of determination," Nerlinger told, "but I'm convinced the team will give the right answer in Wolfsburg."

Ribéry poised to start

Franck Ribéry joined in the calls for "more aggression" in the thick of the action. "It's still early days and we've only played one match, but the time to wake up is now, not two or three games later. That would actually be too late. I hope we play well, because we need all three points." The France star was one of the tiny handful of players not away on international duty during the week. "He's trained very well," Heynckes noted, "he'll very probably start in Wolfsburg."

Beyond that, the head coach declined to reveal details of his line-up. "The decisive factor is form, form on the practice ground and form in matches. And the most important thing of all is a formation which works harmoniously." The boss will finally pick his starting side after reviewing his impressions from Friday's training session, but he will definitely be without Arjen Robben (back and groin pain) and long-term absentee Breno.

Magath seeks solace in attack

Wolfsburg lie joint top of the embryonic Bundesliga standings after winning 3-0 away to Cologne last weekend, a result which impressed Heynckes. "They're very well organised and disciplined. They defended well, and at the other end they've scored three goals. I think Wolfsburg will choose different tactics at home compared to Mönchengladbach in Munich. We'll need a near-perfect performance to beat them."

Former FCB boss Felix Magath, now in his second spell at the Wolves helm, has ordered his current troops to seize the initiative and attack his former team. "My players shouldn't just react to what Bayern do, we intend to go out and be proactive," the much-travelled coach declared. Magath is looking for at least a point on Saturday, but Bayern's opening day defeat was not at all to his taste: "They're even more under pressure now, which doesn't exactly make our job easier."
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Re: Bayern vow 'positive reaction' in road opener

Postby München Minded » Fri Aug 12, 2011 6:14 pm

How many times have we all heard what Bayern vows? Last season it seemed to be Bayern's favoured word -- "We vow to [fill in the blank]" -- just wonderful, does this mean they actually vow to play? or just pay lip service to the idea? inquiring minds want to know.
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“We should not fool ourselves. We are not one of the world's top teams any more”
“The defence has to get used to playing with the goalkeeper”
"They are all like prostitutes: they smoke, they're lazy, and they sleep all day"
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