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Hitzfeld: We have to show more creativity

Postby FCBayernNews » Sun Mar 18, 2007 7:50 pm


The "new" Ottmar Hitzfeld's time spent as a colour commentator on TV has clearly influenced the edge and precision of the Bayern coach's razor-sharp post-match analyses nowadays, a quality that was again apparent after Saturday's defeat in Frankfurt.

"I'm not particularly pointing the finger at the players we have. We're missing a skilled individual capable of playing the decisive pass," the Reds boss told reporters gathered at the Commerzbank at the weekend.

<b>Defensive teams posing problems</b>

Following the sobering 3-0 defeat in Nuremberg which marked Hitzfeld's return to the Bayern bench, the coach at once diagnosed the lack of a playmaker as a serious issue, a glaring absence again highlighted against Frankfurt's exclusively defensive tactics.

"We were prepared to run and chase, we had the desire. But we couldn't play the killer ball to a our strikers," Hitzfeld continued. "We didn't deliver killer crosses, we failed to make penetrating passes behind the defence, and naturally we're currently missing a creative spark. We're aware of the problem, but beating defensive teams remains very difficult."

<b>Blunt weapon</b>

The champions have scored 39 goals in 26 league matches so far, lagging leaders Schalke and VfB Stuttgart on 42 goals apiece, and a country mile behind top scorers Werder Bremen on 61 goals. Even promoted Alemannia Aachen have scored more often than Bayern with a total of 41 goals. Indeed, it is against defensive teams such as Alemannia, Frankfurt, Bielefeld, Wolfsburg and bottom club Monchengladbach that the Munich attack has truly struggled.

"The teams using three centre-halves or a back five leave you almost no space. It comes down to a few centimetres, but we've not been finding these gaps. We were blunt in attack today," the Bayern boss lamented.

<b>Rummenigge seeking to build new team</b>

The problem has been compounded by Sebastian Deisler's shock decision to retire, with the 36-year-old Mehmet Scholl set to hang up his boots in the summer. Ali Karimi will not be offered a new contract, while Julio Dos Santos failed to make the breakthrough and is currently out on loan with Wolfsburg.

The club is ready to react with a busy summer in the transfer market. "We know the source of our problems. It's in attack, the creative area. Clearly we have to catch up," Hitzfeld observed. "Everyone can see we need more creativity up front, otherwise we won't hit our targets."

<b>Boss urges stars to take more risks</b>

Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has indicated further signings for next term to join confirmed newcomers Jan Schlaudraff, Hamit Altintop and José Ernesto Sosa. "It definitely won't only be these three. We'll bring in one or two more players as we seek to attract high-quality talent to Bayern." The club is more than prepared to invest the sums it will undoubtedly take. "Our aim is to build a team capable of achieving greatness, not just domestically, but also in Europe," Rummenigge declared.

Regardless of future developments, Hitzfeld called on the current squad to invest maximum effort in the rest of the season. "Mark van Bommel created a couple of dangerous situations and was always trying to get forward. But that's not enough. We need more players in the box, Schweinsteiger and Salihamidzic for example. And defensive players like Hargreaves have to join in attacks more often." For preference, the stars in question would start doing just that two weeks from now - at home to leaders Schalke.
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