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Hoeneß: It's not the end of the world

Postby FCBayernNews » Sun Dec 03, 2006 7:30 pm

03.12.2006

The Bayern camp was anything but dismayed by the match stats following Saturday's home meeting with Borussia Monchengladbach. The champions "won" the numbers game 22-7 for shots on goal, 22-7 for crosses delivered, 12-5 in terms of corners, and controlled 59 percent of the possession.

Unfortunately, the 1-1 final score failed to reflect the home side's dominance. "Obviously we're not satisfied," general manager Uli Hoeneß acknowledged. "We've dropped points, and that hurts. But it's not the end of the world."

The club's self-declared goal of finishing the first half of the league programme on top of the table now looks tough with only two games left before Christmas, but the personalities in the Bayern camp detected a continuation of the recent upwards trend. "The 'title' of mid-season champions doesn't interest me at all," Hoeneß insisted. "We just want to stay in touch at the top by Christmas, and all the signs point to us doing that. We'll sort out the rest in the second half of the season."

<b>'It didn't want to be'</b>

The pattern of the match against Monchengladbach confirmed Bayern's recent recovery in form. "We looked full of ideas today, down the flanks, good crosses, long-range shots and one-twos, we tried everything," coach Felix Magath enthused, "but we just couldn't force the ball over the line."

The double winners were twice denied by the woodwork, and on several occasions by in-form Borussia shot-stopper Kasey Keller. "We tried everything we knew. We camped out in their third of the field and threw ourselves into it, but we didn't enjoy the rub of the green. It just didn't want to be," Sebastian Deisler opined. "I can't criticise the team," Hoeneß agreed. "They gave it their best shot. It was one-way traffic in the second half."

<b>Another goal conceded</b>

Bayern translated their early dominance into a lead when Martin Demichelis headed home a 23rd minute opener, but Michael Delura levelled for Borussia in the visitors' first serious attack 10 minutes later. "It was a silly goal to concede," an angry Magath commented. "One of these days, we'll keep a clean sheet against a struggling team." Bayern have conceded at least one goal in their last six Bundesliga fixtures.

Magath was even more concerned at his side's repeated failure to capitalise on taking the lead: "Yet again, we looked toothless. We lack a killer instinct. We should be wrapping up matches after going 1-0 up. We don't appear to be a team capable of kicking a man when he's down."

<b>Focus on Milan and Cottbus</b>

The draw interrupted a run of three victories on the bounce for the defending champions. "It's a setback, but I think it's just a glitch in our winning run," Magath optimistically observed. Hoeneß felt the club's upward trend was "completely intact. We still have a chance of spending the winter break in first place."

The Bavarians now face Internazionale of Milan at the Allianz Arena in the Champions League on Tuesday, before a bread-and-butter affair against Energie Cottbus in the last home game of the calendar year. Willy Sagnol is convinced both meetings will end in three points for his side. "We've got two more matches in Munich. We want to enjoy ourselves, and make sure the crowd enjoy themselves too."
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