Jol happy with comeback draw against Bayern

August 16, 2008

Hamburg coach Martin Jol admits it was 'almost a miracle' his side secured a point in their Bundesliga opener against Bayern Munich on Friday night.

The visitors trailed the defending champions by two goals after 16 minutes, but refused to panic and deservedly took a point home with them thanks to strikes from Jose Paolo Guerrero and Piotr Trochowski.

'I think when you are two goals down against Bayern Munich, it's almost a miracle to get a draw,' said Jol, who was making his Bundesliga bow in charge of Hamburg.

'I have got to say we did really well and, after the game, we can be very happy.'

Guerrero and Trochowski, who are both former Bayern players, punished the hosts as Hamburg showed no fear at the Allianz Arena, where they are yet to lose in four meetings.

They hit the post twice and had their opponents on the back foot for much of the game.

And Bayern coach Jurgen Klinsmann had no complaints with the draw despite seeing his side lead through goals from Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lukas Podolski.

'Of course I would have preferred a three-point start to the season, but I would say the result is fair,' he said.

'Both sides had several chances to score more goals and I am a bit disappointed, but we have a point and can now build on that next week.'

His predecessor at Bayern, Ottmar Hitzfeld, was more critical though at the team's failure to win the match.

Present to pick up his manager of the year award for last season, Hitzfeld believes the game should have been over after quarter of an hour.

'When you are 2-0 up, then you have got to make sure you win the game, no matter how you do it,' he said.

But Klinsmann defended his team, insisting they are still not fully functional either physically or mentally.

'We are getting a step further each day, but we have had a lot of setbacks and it is normal that we are not working as a unit right from the start,' he said. 'We may have to wait until the end of August or start of September before we are where we want to be. But I have seen progress being made.'