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Magath not truly consoled by Cup upsets

Postby FCBayernNews » Thu Oct 26, 2006 9:50 pm

26.10.2006

Former pro and current fan liaison officer Raimond Aumann was waiting for Felix Magath when the senior squad left the training ground on Thursday morning. The pair discussed the previous evening's Cup tie. "Come on Felix, just think how many teams would have been delighted with a 1-0 victory," Aumann remarked, but although the Bayern coach nodded in agreement, his face was still clouded with concern.

A total of nine top flight clubs have already been knocked out of this season's German Cup competition, including Bremen and Hamburg in the first round, and Schalke, Leverkusen and Dortmund in this week's second round. "Plenty of the Bundesliga's leading teams are already out, but we're through. That's what counts," Lukas Podolski summarised following Wednesday's dour 1-0 victory over second division Kaiserslautern.

<b>Magath: I sympathise with angry fans</b>

"Yes, in contrast to some of our rivals, at least we're still in it," Magath agreed, although the unusually large number of Cup upsets was only partial consolation for the coach after his side's lacklustre display. Andreas Ottl headed the only goal of a forgettable game to seal the holders' passage to the last sixteen, but the Allianz Arena crowd made no secret of their collective dismay with frequent jeers and whistles. The Reds boss expressed sympathy: "There's no way our fans could be happy with that. We simply didn't play well enough."

In truth, the home side never turned on the style at any stage in the game. "We completely lacked pace in the first half, and we weren't mobile enough," Magath conceded. The play took on a particularly disjointed feel midway through the half, prompting a furious outburst from Oliver Kahn to his team-mates. "We were way below our best up front," Magath agreed.

<b>We can fix it, Ottl insists</b>

Ottl netted just five minutes after the restart, but with Kaiserslautern now forced onto the attack, Bayern singularly failed to capitalise on a string of presentable chances on the break. On one occasion, an army of four Reds bore down on a solitary remaining Lautern defender, only to pass the ball straight to his feet. "We were extremely poor when we were counter-attacking," Magath fumed, "a top team has to be putting away that kind of chance."

The 53-year-old was at a loss to explain the lifeless performance. "If we knew the reasons, we'd be playing differently," Mark van Bommel pointed out. "We're not exactly on top form right now," match winners Ottl agreed. "We have to see more movement, more people wanting the ball. We're missing determination and precision. That's what we have to work on, and then we'll be fine."

<b>Van Bommel issues warning</b>

The players are aware matters will have to improve on Saturday when Eintracht Frankfurt, still unbeaten in domestic competitions this term, visit the Allianz Arena. "We need to shift up a gear," Magath confirmed, after ordering his men to a team talk at the unusually early time of Friday midday. One thing was clear, according to van Bommel: "If that's how we're going to play against Frankfurt on Saturday, we'd be better off staying at home."
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Postby tracylynn » Thu Oct 26, 2006 11:16 pm

I know Magath's not the only one at a lose as to why their performance was lifeless. Again, the team did not show any determination or desire. They seemed to have the attitude of "well, I'm here" and that's about it. They have to change that attitude and fast because, along with their normal opponents in the Bundesliga, they play Sporting next week and Inter is starting to come together so we want to be playing our best when we meet them again. I have a feeling that if things don't improve we could very well see some players on the bench.
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