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Reaction to VfB Stuttgart v Bayern

Hitzfeld: We didn’t show up at the start

Bayern’s run of 24 competitive games without defeat finally came to an end in Stuttgart on Saturday. “You’re obviously going to suffer minor setbacks at some point during a season,“ Oliver Kahn reflected, remaining upbeat at his side’s prospects: “We’re still top of the table. If we now go on and win the league, no-one will ever mention this game again.“

Reaction to VfB Stuttgart v Bayern:

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: “It’s not been a good week for us. Unfortunately, we failed to win in the UEFA Cup on Thursday, and today we’ve deservedly lost for the first time this season. Our problems started two or three weeks ago. The task now is to regroup and start a new run.“

Franz Beckenbauer: “It was an off day. We spent the afternoon asking ourselves: how can we make it easier for our opponents? Our display in the first half had nothing to do with football. We ran away from our tackles, and obviously that’s not on. A chain of errors led to their third, and it was over once Lucio was sent off. VfB took a professional approach to the game which Bayern lacked.“

Ottmar Hitzfeld: “We slept through the first quarter of an hour. We didn’t show enough aggression, we tried to play our way to success. We always knew it would be extremely tough in Stuttgart, so I fail to understand why we weren’t up for it physically. We were badly organised at the back and non-existent up front. We gave our opponents all the encouragement they needed. We woke up after their second, we had a promising spell and we were close to pulling one back. If we’d scored, I think we’d have gone on and taken something from the game, but it was unbelievably difficult at 3-0 down.“

Oliver Kahn: “We were lethargic in the first half, we didn’t go looking for the ball, and we didn’t win the ball. We never came near the attitude we needed for this match, so there was no way we were going to come away with anything. We’ve now got 14 days to get over it, and then we’ll be back with a vengeance. We’ll sit down and analyse the situation, but we’re not going to panic. We’re still top of the table. You’re obviously going to suffer minor setbacks at some point during a season. We’ve got our defeat over and done with, and we’ll learn the lessons from it. If we now go on and win the league, no-one will ever mention this game again.“

Armin Veh (VfB coach): “My team played well, especially in the first half. We were aggressive from the start and denied them space, otherwise you don’t stand a chance against Bayern. It worked to perfection in the first half.“