Splut­ter­ing Bayern out to end win­less run

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BERLIN: Bayern Munich are de­ter­mined to break their win­less streak when they host PSV Eind­hoven to­day to get their Cham­pi­ons League campaign back on track.

Bayern have drawn both of their Ger­man league games since los­ing 1-0 at Atletico Madrid three weeks ago. The Bun­desliga leader’s 2-2 draw at ten-man Eintracht Frankfurt on Satur­day was branded ‘un­ac­cept­able’ by Munich’s chair­man Karl-Heinz Rum­menigge. The dis­rup­tion caused by the in­ter­na­tional break, when a dozen play­ers were away, or a lengthy in­jury list could both be blamed for the poor per­for­mance. But Rum­menigge is hav­ing none of it.

“We don’t need ex­cuses, we have only our­selves to blame,” fumed the Bayern boss. “The way we played in the first half (in Frankfurt) is not Bayern Munich. “You can’t turn in a dis­play like that.

“We have to shift up a gear very quickly, or we’ll have prob­lems in the Cham­pi­ons League to­day.” Coach Carlo Ancelotti has al­ready threat­ened to make changes for Eind­hoven and ad­mit­ted his team’s at­ti­tude in Frankfurt was poor. His cap­tain, Philipp Lahm, agrees and says Bayern must now bounce back against their Dutch op­po­nents.

“We have to get a grip. The Cham­pi­ons League is up on Wed­nes­day and we ab­so­lutely must take three points,” said Lahm.

“If you be­lieve that less than 100 per­cent will do, you risk los­ing tack­les and con­trol,” added the ex-Ger­many cap­tain.

Goals by Ar­jen Robben, then Joshua Kim­mich, who has scored in each of his last three league games for Bayern, were each can­celled out as Eintracht’s Sz­abolcs Huszti, then Marco Fabian lev­elled the scores. De­spite their dip in form, Bayern re­main two points clear in the Bun­desliga ta­ble. They need a win to get their Cham­pi­ons League back on track after de­feat in Madrid fol­low­ing their open­ing 5-0 route of Rus­sian side Ros­tov.

Phillip Cocu’s Eind­hoven are still look­ing for a first vic­tory in Group D. They lost 1-0 to Atletico Madrid in their open­ing game and drew 2-2 at Ros­tov three weeks ago when they twice came from be­hind. PSV have won only one of 18 matches in Ger­many against Bun­desliga teams with four draws and 13 de­feats.

Their soli­tary vic­tory away to a Ger­man club was back in 1977. Eind­hoven are fourth in the Dutch league and their only de­feat in their first nine games was at the hands of lead­ers Feyeno­ord. Now de­fender Mats Hum­mels says Bayern need a “good re­ac­tion” against the Dutch. “We have an obli­ga­tion to up the pace,” said Hum­mels. “We have to hit the gas from the very first minute and com­bine our in­di­vid­ual qual­ity with at­ti­tude and pas­sion. “Then we’ll be in­cred­i­bly strong.” — AFP

MUNICH: Bayern Munich’s Ital­ian head­coach Carlo Ancelotti fol­lows a news con­fer­ence, on the eve of the Cham­pi­ons League group D match be­tween FC Bayern Munich and PSV Eind­hoven at the sta­dium in Munich, south­ern Ger­many, yes­ter­day. — AFP

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