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FCB delighted with 'intelligent' home victory

Postby FCBayernNews » Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:10 pm

Not every move worked out, and the last couple of percent was frequently lacking in terms of accuracy. Bayern legs were a touch heavy in the wake of a punishing autumn match schedule, but the stars gritted their teeth and showed against promoted high-flyers Eintracht Frankfurt that they are not only masters of football as an art, but that they understand work rate and toil when it's needed. "If it's one of those days when you can't turn on the style, you have to be smart and intelligent, and that's what we were," remarked boss Jupp Heynckes following Saturday's 2-0 sleeves-rolled-up victory over the side in third.

The win, secured by goals from Franck Ribéry a minute from the break and David Alaba from the spot a quarter of an hour from time, was eminently important. FCB moved 10 points clear of Frankfurt, and maintained the gap back to Schalke (seven points) and champions Dortmund (11 points). "It was vital not to drop points," said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, "we can be satisfied with maintaining the situation prior to kick-off."

However, the chairman acknowledged, "it was a tough job of work." Right from the start, this season''s surprise team from Frankfurt were determined and agile. "Their solution was to get forward, and they threw everything into attack," reasoned Thomas M�ller, a second-half substitute who tipped the balance back Bayern''s way. "We weren''t at our best, it all lacked structure," observed the Germany international.

In the wake of the 6-1 romp against Lille in midweek, "we were a little stale," mused captain Philipp Lahm, who pinpointed this as a hindrance to rapid switching from defence to attack, and also allowing the visitors a number of decent openings. The pivotal period came shortly after half-time, when Frankfurt centre back Bamba Anderson hit the bar from a set play. "We were a little slow to select reverse gear at times," suggested Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Winning is all that matters

In the event, the customary capacity crowd at the Allianz Arena saw an evenly-matched game, with FCB loosing off 23 shots to Frankfurt''s 18. But Bayern were increasingly dominant as the match wore on, scored their goals at psychologically good moments, and could have won by more at the end. All in all, it was a workmanlike but deserved home victory. "It''s always tough when you have a Champions League fixture on Wednesday and the other team can relax, so these are the games where all that matters is winning. The rest isn''t as important," reflected FCB president Uli Hoene�.

Rib�ry''s goal on 44 minutes arose from superb build-up play by David Alaba and Javi Martinez. Approaching what could have been a nervy last 15 minutes, Alaba stroked home a penalty to settle the contest. "David has always scored whenever he''s taken a penalty. He has strong nerves, and it was vital at that stage," commented Heynckes, but why was the Austrian selected for duty rather than M�ller, who confidently tucked away Bayern''s last penalty in the trip to Lille?

David was 'top of the list'

Thomas himself answered the question: "David was top of the list, because I didn''t start the match. He was confident." Nevertheless, the matter was subject to a brief debate out on the field. "What came out was that I''d give it a try, and it went well," said the left-back, and Frankfurt keeper Kevin Trapp was indeed beaten all ends up.

The outcome was no longer in doubt and Bayern celebrated a tenth Bundesliga victory in their 11th fixture, a record only matched by one team in the past, namely Bayern in 1980/81. FCB won the league that season, but Rummenigge dismissed all such talk: "We need to remain calm and grounded. There won''t be any celebrations before May, when I hope it''ll be us doing the celebrating."
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