Munich defiant in face of latest loss

16th February 2004, Comments 0 comments

16 February 2004 , HAMBURG - Bayern Munich reacted with a mixture of defiance and calm to their latest loss as the German media effectively buried their Bundesliga title dreams on Sunday. "Bye bye Bayern," said the Bild am Sonntag paper in the wake of Saturday's 1-0 defeat at VfL Bochum. Welt am Sonntag named the loss "a painful crash-landing" while the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung spoke of "Bayern in trouble." Club manager Uli Hoeness, though, took a completely different view despite the possibi

16 February 2004

HAMBURG - Bayern Munich reacted with a mixture of defiance and calm to their latest loss as the German media effectively buried their Bundesliga title dreams on Sunday.

"Bye bye Bayern," said the Bild am Sonntag paper in the wake of Saturday's 1-0 defeat at VfL Bochum.

Welt am Sonntag named the loss "a painful crash-landing" while the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung spoke of "Bayern in trouble."

Club manager Uli Hoeness, though, took a completely different view despite the possibility of Munich of falling nine points behind leaders Werder Bremen, who hosted Kaiserslautern later Sunday.

"I was very satisfied. The way we played in the second half was our best showing of the season. It was the performance, not the result," Hoeness said. "I am confident that we can turn the tide.

"A team which plays badly and still wins points doesn't win the championship in the end. Its rather the team that plays well. In this respect I have seen a huge improvement."

Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld echoed this statement.

"We will not give up. But we must improve," he said.

A catastrophic error from Munich defender Robert Kovac set up Bochum's winner early on from Peter Madsen. Munich raised their game after the break, but wasted several chances and had a last-gasp goal from Hasan Salihamidzic disallowed for offside.

However, what remained from the trip to Bochum was Munich's first defeat there since 1985 and the big danger of ending the season without a title after a domestic double last year.

Munich were beaten by second division Aachen in the German cup two weeks ago, they are underdogs against Real Madrid in the European Champions League round of 16, and face an uphill battle in the Bundesliga.

Instead of an allout attack in 2004 after the winter break, Munich have won just one of their four competitive matches.

Goalkeeper and captain Oliver Kahn said in an interview before the Bochum match that many players were too timid and hid behind him and playmaker Michael Ballack, who had to sit out the Bochum game because of suspension.

But even Kahn was surprisingly moderate after the defeat Saturday, seemingly unwilling to endanger a new-found team spirit achieved during a team dinner earlier in the week.

"I can't blame anyone. We tried everything in the second half and had several scoring opportunities. We didn't have the luck," said Kahn.

Kahn also warned of "depressive criticism" ahead of next weekend's game with SV Hamburg.

"There are still a lot of points up for grabs," Kahn said.

 

DPA
Subject: German news 

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