Bremen will find it hard to match Munich

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4 August 2004 , HAMBURG - Champions Werder Bremen woke up on Tuesday to the harsh reality that Bayern Munich will do their utmost to deny them back-to-back Bundesliga titles when the season opens on Friday. Bayern defeated Bremen 3-2 on Monday evening to capture the League Cup, with a healthy Sebastian Deisler the two-goal hero in Munich's confidence-boosting win. "This was not our last title," vowed Deisler, who has fully recovered after being sidelined with depression and is ready to play a key role for

4 August 2004

HAMBURG - Champions Werder Bremen woke up on Tuesday to the harsh reality that Bayern Munich will do their utmost to deny them back-to-back Bundesliga titles when the season opens on Friday.

Bayern defeated Bremen 3-2 on Monday evening to capture the League Cup, with a healthy Sebastian Deisler the two-goal hero in Munich's confidence-boosting win.

"This was not our last title," vowed Deisler, who has fully recovered after being sidelined with depression and is ready to play a key role for his team.

The remarks will please new coach Felix Magath, who came to Munich in the summer from VfB Stuttgart "to win as many titles as possible".

"I want to be first after the 34th (and final) round of play," said Magath, who took over from Ottmar Hitzfeld.

Munich finished without a title of any kind last season, but have splashed out a league-record 25.5 million euros for new hirings Lucio, Torsten Frings, Vahid Hashemian and Andreas Goerlitz to strengthen their squad.

A healthy Deisler should make a big difference this season to a Munich team where playmaker Michael Ballack is also expected to do better than last season.

An overwhelming majority of 14 league coaches named Munich favourites to win a 19th Bundesliga title in a survey by Deutsche Presse-Agentur, dpa.

Bremen, by contrast, was only named by six trainers as a title contender.

"It won't be easy for (Bremen coach) Thomas Schaaf to win a title this season," said Magath, who was sacked in Bremen in 1999 and replaced by Schaaf.

Bremen enjoyed a sensational run to their first domestic league and cup double in club history - clinching the league title with a 3- 1 victory in Munich.

Bremen have only spent modestly on the transfer market, the most notable new hiring being Germany striker Miroslav Klose for EUR 5 million from Kaiserslautern and Frank Fahrenhorst on a free transfer from Bochum.

French playmaker Johan Micoud has renewed his contract until 2007, and Greek striker Angelos Charisteas wants to return into the starting 11 after his Euro 2004 heroics.

"It will give us a lot of motivation to confirm our titles. In addition there is the new challenge in the form of the Champions League and we have new players as well," said Schaaf.

However, Bremen also had to let go last season's top scorer Ailton and Mladen Krstajic. Both moved on to Schalke, which will give the season-opener Friday between both teams in Bremen lots of additional spice.

Bremen will find it hard to play another "almost perfect season" (Schaaf) like the last time around, while Munich should be able to improve from a mediocre 2004 campaign by their standards.

And everyone in the league is well aware that finishing without a title last season only makes them more determined than ever before.

"Based on the experience of the past season Bayern will go on the allout attack and set things straight again," said Mainz 05 coach Juergen Klopp.

DPA

Subject: German news

 

 

 

 

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