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Relentless FCB 'win dirty' and appreciate it

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Relentless FCB 'win dirty' and appreciate it

Postby FCBayernNews » Mon Mar 04, 2013 2:00 pm

There are still ten Bundesliga fixtures to go, but it's already a season of the superlatives. A total of 63 points from 24 games, 17 victories with no goal conceded and 603 minutes without letting in a goal away from home are all unprecedented in the German top flight. Furthermore, 11 away wins and a perfect record in the first seven matches after the winter break equal existing records. It could be a campaign for the history books, but at the moment, no-one at the club has any interest in that. "Once we're mathematically certain of the title, we can try and break a record or two," observed Mario Gomez, "but before then, our only target is to win the league."

Bayern continued on their relentless course on Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 victory away to Hoffenheim. The leaders beat the club lying second from bottom thanks to an "efficient" performance, as match-winning goalscorer Gomez said: "It wasn't a festival of football. We've had plenty of games this season where we've let off fireworks, but you don't get more than three points for that, and three points were on offer again today."

"We ground out the win," agreed Jupp Heynckes, "it wasn't brilliant and we didn't sparkle. We had to roll up our sleeves. In any case, you can't score three or five goals every weekend." And especially not when it's a mere four days since an intense DFB Cup showdown with Borussia Dortmund. "It's always tough coming back to the bread-and-butter of the league after that kind of game," reflected Tom Starke, who made his Bundesliga debut for Munich on returning to his former stamping ground, "sometimes you just have to go out there and win dirty."

The games you have to win

Gomez' superbly created and excellently taken 38th-minute winner proved one of few exhilarating moments in a dour encounter with Hoffenheim. "We had to work exceptionally hard," said Heynckes, full of praise and respect for the relegation-threatened home side. "Especially in the first half-hour, they were courageous, aggressive and mobile. We needed a certain amount of time until we were up to operating temperature," the boss continued.

However, not long into the second period Bayern had the match "completely under control," fundamentally shut out the home side, and could even have increased the score. However, the goal frame and "a fumble or two", as Philipp Lahm described it, prevented that. "We could have taken one or two of our counter-attacks through to their conclusion and scored the decisive goal. That would have calmed the whole thing down," reasoned Bastian Schweinsteiger, who planted free-kicks against the bar (69) and post (75). "We weren't at our best, but we're all delighted we've won," said the vice-captain.

"And these are the games you have to win," reflected Gomez. "We'll put it behind us and carry on," commented Starke. Fortuna Düsseldorf visit the Bavarian capital next Saturday, when Bayern intend to take another step on the road to the title. "We know we have to stay in the groove and not be distracted," declared Matthias Sammer, "that's the only thing we should be interested in."
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