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FCB vow to bounce back fast from defeat

Postby FCBayernNews » Mon Nov 28, 2011 7:50 pm

Frustration and dismay was written on the Bayern players' faces as they trudged off the Coface Arena pitch in Mainz on Sunday evening. The nation's most successful club had just lost 3-2, their second Bundesliga defeat on the bounce. And as a result, Borussia Dortmund have taken over top spot in the standings. The mood in the FCB camp on the return journey to Munich was understandably sour.

"The trend in the Bundesliga is negative for us - we've lost three of the last five matches, and that's made itself felt in the table. We've won lots of matches, including Bundesliga fixtures, with extreme ease, but now we're in a difficult phase," reflected director of sport Christian Nerlinger after the meeting with the side in 15th place before kick-off. "It's a low point when you surrender the lead in the league. It's hard to find the words," mused Thomas Müller.

Nerlinger and every single one of the players was dismayed by the way the game was lost. "We've scored twice, but if you concede three, it means you've made mistakes as a team," Müller continued. Mario Gomez felt he and his team-mates "haven't shown the determination you need" in recent matches." Toni Kroos held up his hands in an honest assessment: "We didn't invest enough to win here."

"We started well enough," commented Müller, but Andreas Ivanschitz sent the 34,000 at the new Mainz stadium into raptures on ten minutes with the opening goal. "For whatever reason, that knocked us totally out of shape," a puzzled Gomez commented. Müller agreed: "The 20 minutes after we conceded were wild."

"We basically have to give a lot of credit to Mainz, but obviously, after a defeat like this, we start by looking at ourselves," said Nerlinger, choosing not to mince his words: "We were asleep for the whole of the first half today." The director of sport lamented the lack of "footballing basics, such as aggression, keeping it tight, and stopping your opponents creating chances. We never got going, and overall, we really weren't good in attack."

"We didn't stand up to them and make a game of it ourselves until after half-time, and then we weren't rewarded," Nerlinger summarised. Daniel van Buyten (59) brought FCB right back into it, but Marco Caligiuri (65) and Niko Bungert (74) fired Mainz two goals clear. Van Buyten pulled another goal back (79), but that was it for Bayern, who created a string of chances in a courageous and desperate search for an equaliser, but came no closer than Gomez' disallowed 'goal' for an apparent foul in a seemingly innocuous challenge.

The right reaction

"We made it easy for Mainz. If you don't stand your ground, you lose matches like that away from home," offered skipper Philipp Lahm. Manuel Neuer, who had never let in a goal away to Mainz before Sunday, was just as downcast. "Conceding three goals is a catastrophe. We have so much quality in the team, but how it looks on paper isn't worth anything in itself. You have to go out and demonstrate that quality."

Nerlinger now expects the team to show "the right reaction" at home to fourth-placed Werder Bremen next Saturday. "We have a normal week of training ahead of us at last. That's good for us, so we can work through a few important matters. We've neglected the basics in our recent matches, and that's what we'll work to fix in the coming week," ventured the 38-year-old. Gomez vowed rapid improvement: "We've taken a kick in the teeth today. We have to put it behind us and do better next week."
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