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FCB camp upbeat after morale-boosting win

Postby FCBayernNews » Sun Aug 14, 2011 5:50 pm

After Luiz Gustavo's stoppage-time winner in Wolfsburg, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Jerome Boateng, Rafinha, Philipp Lahm, Takashi Usami, Franck Ribéry and Holger Badstuber formed a celebratory scrum, giving vent to a heady mixture of joy and relief. Not to be outdone, Mario Gomez hurled himself on top of the pile, at the bottom of which lay the goalscorer himself. "A great weight fell from my shoulders," admitted Manuel Neuer, speaking frankly for the whole club.

Up in the stands, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge jumped to his feet, while Christian Nerlinger joined Thomas Müller, who had earlier been substituted, in racing from the dugout to join the ecstatic group of Bayern players. "Taking the match as a whole, I'd basically settled for a draw, which is why we were even more delighted afterwards," the FCB director of sport commented.

"After losing to Mönchengladbach last week, it was incredibly important to get a result here," acknowledged Jupp Heynckes, making no secret of his relief at the first league victory of the season. "It was a lucky victory," the coach continued, reflecting on the last-gasp nature of the winning goal. "We were rewarded for our will to win," Nerlinger said, "but that wasn't a sparkling performance."

Instead, the men from Munich were forced to fight all the way against the Wolves, who proved a real handful in the first half. "I think it's very hard to play football against the Wolfsburg we've seen last week and again today," said Heynckes. The home side could easily have led at half-time, but a Patrick Helmes goal on 39 minutes was wrongly disallowed for offside. "It was a mistake," referee Knut Kircher accepted after reviewing TV footage of the incident.

Luck favoured Bayern in that situation, but the FCB forward line was luckless for long spells during the match. "Against a team which fights and tackles so hard, you have to make best use of the few chances that come your way, but we failed to do so in the first half," commented Heynckes. The FCB coach felt his players lacked aggression and the ability to change pace, "but I've been working hard on pressing and defending in training so far. I'm absolutely convinced we'll start doing the other things much better very soon."

Furthermore, Heynckes will have been pleased with a lot of what he saw after the break. "On the basis of the second half, where we created much the better of the chances, you can say we deserved the win, although it's obviously lucky when you score just before the end," Lahm reasoned. "It was a victory for teamwork, and we battled away until the last minute," match-winner Gustavo added.

"The three points were crucial, and important to us mentally," said Franck Ribéry, who felt the performance as a whole was considerably better than the previous week's. Schweinsteiger added a note of caution: "It's not the case that we'll start winning games just by turning up. Everything's the result of very hard work." Another hard job of work lies in wait on Wednesday, when Bayern entertain FC Zürich in the Champions League qualifying play-off first leg. Nevertheless, the late show in Wolfsburg has made Lahm for one very confident: "We'll have a good feeling when we play Zürich now."
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