Bundesliga news

Bayern chief demands improvement after loss

September 26, 2010

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has warned his club's players that they "must turn the corner'' after witnessing their second defeat of the season on Saturday.

Thomas Muller watches on as Bayern fall to defeat
GettyImagesThomas Muller watches on as Bayern fall to defeat

Bayern were beaten 2-1 at home by league leaders Mainz to fall ten points behind the visitors and leave Rummenigge reminding the players of their responsibilities.

"You have got to say that we never got into the game from the very beginning,'' he said. "Mainz had a great willingness to run, they were aggressive and they played with passion. We did none of this.

"After the win in Hoffenheim we had hoped that we could get three more points today and climb the table. Now we have got to ensure that we turn the corner because ten points are certainly a lot. We really cannot be happy with our performance.''

Rummenigge is demanding an improvement on Tuesday when Bayern travel to Basle in the Champions League and then at Borussia Dortmund next weekend.

"The beautiful thing about football is that you can put things right again in three days' time,'' he said. "And we have to put things right because with a performance like that you will go nowhere in the Champions League, that's for certain, and not in the Bundesliga either.

"It is all about the players, not the coach. He is doing a fantastic job every day here. It is exclusively the team which is now required to move up a gear.''

Meanwhile, Hamburg coach Armin Veh blasted substitute Piotr Trochowski for the mistake which led to Werder Bremen's winning goal in Saturday's Bundesliga clash.

Hamburg fought their way back from two goals down to make it 2-2 before Trochowski gave away possession in midfield and Hugo Almeida put Bremen 3-2 in front in the 85th minute.

"I was incredibly annoyed with him,'' said Veh on Sky afterwards. "When you lose the ball so easily, particularly when you have just come on - there can be no argument for that. He should not be losing a tackle like that.''