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Resurgent FCB with action to match words

Postby FCBayernNews » Sun Mar 15, 2009 7:30 pm

In the last eight days, Bayern have beaten Hannover 5-1, Sporting Lisbon 7-1, and VfL Bochum 3-0, a fine series of three wins with 15 goals for and only two against. "It's been an impressive comeback," commented Karl-Heinz Rummenigge after Saturday's routine victory in Bochum, where "the three-goal margin was fair too," said Jürgen Klinsmann. "It's been a good week for the club," the chairman summarised.

All this has been achieved without the injured Franck Ribéry, Luca Toni, Hamit Altintop and Tim Borowski. "Hannover, Sporting, and Bochum have all been fantastic team performances. The team showed real character," Klinsmann enthused, "we've brilliantly compensated for the missing players."

Selection problems were not the only cloud hanging over the club before the latest winning run. The champions were knocked out of the DFB Cup by Leverkusen and had slipped to fifth in the Bundesliga. The near-crisis situation has ended up bringing the best out of the team. "We sat down after the Leverkusen game and told each other a few home truths," revealed Michael Rensing, "we knew we had to shift up a gear."

Championship form

FCB have had the look of champions since that meeting. The goals have rained in, while opponents have been restricted to a minimum of chances. Bochum created just one clear-cut opening on Saturday, expertly smothered by Michael Rensing after 13 minutes. "Those are the moments when you need your goalkeeper," Klinsmann said admiringly of Rensing's courageous save from Christoph Dabrowski, "that was a match-winning incident."

Despite the home side's lively opening, Miroslav Klose's substitution with injury after half an hour, and Lukas Podolski's 49th-minute penalty miss, Bayern retained their discipline and shape throughout. "We were calm, collected and focused," said Klinsmann, after watching his side control 66 percent of the possession, and win 59 percent of the tackles. That superiority was rewarded with goals from Zé Roberto (32), Philipp Lahm (60) and Martin Demichelis (90). Once Marc Pfertzel had been dismissed on 48 minutes for a professional foul, Bochum's resistance effectively ended.

Hot Bavarian breath

Klinsmann reckoned the display was "impressive and deserving of praise. It was great to watch. We're very settled at the moment." Everyone in the Munich camp now believes the team has recovered from a below-par spell. Commented Rensing: "I think the problem over the last few weeks was that we all said to ourselves: 'We'll start out on a winning run now.' But our actions didn't match our words. Now we're busy putting that right."

Bayern will now seek to extend their series at home to struggling Karlsruhe. Second place in the standings, four points off leaders Hertha BSC Berlin, is not where the champions intend to finish the campaign. "We'll push and push, and hopefully at some point we'll go top," said Klinsmann. Rummenigge backed the coach's words: "We certainly won't let up. It's important Berlin feel our hot Bavarian breath on their necks. It's time they had a slip-up of their own."
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