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Pride at 'outstanding group campaign'

Postby FCBayernNews » Wed Dec 06, 2006 6:20 pm

06.12.2006

Bayern's 1-1 draw with Internazionale on Tuesday evening meant the Reds achieved their target for the night and finished top of Champions league Group B. A record of three wins and three draws from their six fixtures sees the German champions qualify for the last sixteen as group winners for the first time since 2001-2.

"We've got what we wanted. We're all delighted and happy to be entering the draw as one of the group winners," coach Felix Magath enthused after the game in front of a 66,000 full house at the Allianz Arena. The Reds boss reckoned he and his side would be unperturbed by a knockout round tie against the defending champions. "I wouldn't mind playing Barcelona. We're at home in the second game. That's an advantage I like to have against a strong team."

<b>Outstanding group campaign</b>

Uli Hoeneß was not prepared to look that far into the future, preferring to praise the manner in which Bayern marched into the last sixteen. "We've completed an outstanding group campaign, and we've finished undefeated as group winners. We never dreamed it would go so well. I'm very satisfied," the general manager beamed.

"It was a game for the purists," Hoeneß remarked after 90 minutes of football "at the highest tactical level" in which both sides watched and waited for their opponents to make a mistake. "There were a few quiet phases, but that's how it is sometimes," the Munich director observed, praising the home crowd for their patience and the fine atmosphere at the Allianz Arena. "The fans were tremendous tonight."

<b>Lapse in concentration</b>

Roy Makaay opened the scoring in the 62nd minute, "and it was a great goal, but Hasan Salihamidzic' pass was even better. Both were world-class," Hoeneß remarked. Bayern appeared set for a fourth win in six group fixtures, but a momentary lapse in stoppage time allowed Patrick Vieiera to level. "We lost concentration. We've got to learn from that," Daniel van Buyten grimaced.

"You can't afford an error at any time when you're playing at this level," Hoeneß reflected, and although the goal conceded ultimately affected nothing in terms of the group positions, it is sure to be a topic of conversation at the club. "That can't be happening. It would have been scandalous if we'd thrown it all away at the end due to carelessness and lack of concentration."

<b>Fantastic team</b>

Magath was equally concerned at a phenomenon which has happened to his side before. "It's definitely a problem we have to solve," the 53-year-old mused, although he was generally in a very positive mood. "But we've given notice we're capable of competing with the biggest clubs around."

According to Mark van Bommel, substituted in the 72nd minute to avert the acute danger of a second yellow card, Bayern are "not far off that status," although the midfielder who won Europe's elite competition with Barcelona last season had a warning for his team-mates: "Conceding goals at home in the last minute could be fatal in the next round." Nevertheless, Bayern were a "fantastic team," provided such lapses can be eliminated.

<b>Beware the Spanish</b>

The Bayern camp is already licking its collective lips ahead of the draw for the first knockout round on 15 December, where Munich could find themselves up against the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid or AS Rome. "It really doesn't matter who you get, although I'd prefer not to go to Spain," van Bommel remarked.

Before then, the Bavarians have a few remaining tasks before heading off on a well-deserved Christmas break. "We've still got three matches, two in the Bundesliga against Cottbus and Mainz, and then a German Cup tie in Aachen. If we win all three, it'll be a happy Christmas."
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Postby Miss Dangerous » Thu Dec 07, 2006 2:13 am

"We lost concentration. We've got to learn from that,"


Yeah that`s right, we can`t lose concentration on the knockout round, it will cost a lot :(
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