Spluttering Bayern out to end winless run
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