Created on 16-08-2008 at 00:00 AM
Bayern were unable to secure the victory they wanted in their first Bundesliga fixture of the new campaign, but the personalities at the club were not entirely unhappy after what Uli Hoeneß described as “an entertaining game at a high pace with plenty of action” which finished in a 2-2 draw with Hamburger SV. “I’m sad but I’m not angry. We’ve watched an exciting game,” Hoeneß summarised.
“I’d rather have started the new season with three points,” Jürgen Klinsmann agreed after his debut as a Bundesliga coach, admitting he was “a shade disappointed, because I wanted to win, and we were well on the way to doing so. But taking everything together it was the right result.”
The champions could hardly have wished for a better start. Hamburg opened aggressively but failed to put away their chances, allowing the home side to hit back with trademark ruthlessness. Bastian Schweinsteiger (12) and Lukas Podolski (16) from the spot led most of the 69,000 full house to believe that their heroes would defeat HSV at the Allianz Arena for the first time.