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Revitalised Reds set pulses racing

Postby FCBayernNews » Fri Aug 17, 2007 1:54 am


The Allianz Arena crowd roared its approval of the new-look Bayern line-up during the team announcements ahead of Saturday’s opening Bundesliga match, and the 69,000 were on their feet again just 63 seconds into the game as the rampaging Reds produced the first of countless slick passing moves. By the time Miroslav Klose somersaulted in celebration of completing his brace and the 3-0 final score five minutes from time, the home support’s elation knew no bounds.

Bosses at the club noticed the difference. “There was a completely new atmosphere here today. There’s the feeling of a new era at the club. I think this team has a glorious future ahead of it,” chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge declared following the sparkling opening day victory over Hansa Rostock.

<b>Steep learning curve for Hansa</b>

The clear-cut result was one thing, but the real reason for the smiles of delight and satisfaction afterwards was the manner in which a comfortable victory over the promoted club was achieved. High-tempo attacking moves set up three goals for the immensely promising strike pair of Luca Toni and Klose, with Bayern showing a range and fluidity of movement rarely associated with the club down the years.

“We were taught a nasty lesson today. We need to put the match out of our heads as fast as possible,” Hansa keeper Stefan Wächter reflected after making the saves which kept the margin of defeat within bounds for his side. The visitors failed to muster a single shot on target, handing Oliver Kahn one of his quietest Bundesliga afternoons ever.

<b>Unpredictable Reds</b>

“It wasn’t an easy game, but we were very focused. Compliments to the team,” commented Philipp Lahm. The Germany international provided the assists for both Klose’s goals (66, 85) as he and fellow full-back Marcell Jansen frequently thrust forward down the wings. “We’re not as predictable as we were last year. We pose a threat from all over the field now. Our opponents don’t know who to close down, which is ideal. We’re all capable of scoring goals,“ Mark van Bommel told <b></b>.

Franck Ribery’s willingness to switch sides and positions bestowed a new élan to a Bayern side which often looked sluggish last term. The France star also set up nine shooting chances for his team-mates. “I like the freedom, switching from left to right and getting plenty of time on the ball. It’s a real boost to my confidence,” the dynamic Frenchman mused, “my aim is to enjoy myself and entertain the fans.“

<b>Hitzfeld for more defensive discipline</b>

Even the hard-nosed Ottmar Hitzfeld must have been thrilled by his side’s display, although the head coach was giving nothing away in public. “We’ve done our job. We’ve earned three points, and nothing more,” he insisted on Sunday, identifying areas in which his side needed to improve. “We overdid the power-play at the start. We charged forward en masse and invited our opponents to hit us on the break. It could all have gone horribly wrong,“ the General thundered.

Munich will soon face stronger teams than promoted Rostock. “We have to think harder about our defensive discipline,” Hitzfeld warned. The new Bayern take on opponents of a very different calibre nest weekend in a crunch trip to Bremen. “We’re not yet at our peak. We’ll have to improve if we want three points in Bremen,” the coach admonished, “it’ll be a real test of our credentials.”
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