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‘I’m not concerned’

Relaxed Rummenigge sees no cause for concern

There can be no question that Bayern have made better starts to a Bundesliga season than last week’s 2-2 draw with Hamburger SV and Saturday’s 1-1 stalemate in Dortmund. A haul of two points from their first two matches is the champions’ worst opening in the last nine years.

However, the Munich board sees no reason for concern at the present time. “We’re absolutely prepared to be patient,” declared chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in a Blickpunkt Sport interview on Bavarian TV. “I’m not worked up in the slightest, I’m completely calm. We drew ten times last year and we ended up champions by ten points.“

Rummenigge backs Klinsmann

Rummenigge feels criticism of new boss Jürgen Klinsmann is fully out of place. “We’re convinced Jürgen is absolutely the right man for us, and that we’re on the right track,” the FCB chief said. Klinsmann’s new methods would ultimately see Bayern advance at home and abroad, Rummenigge opined: “Our goal is to be one of the best in Europe.“

The chairman feels the injuries to key individuals Franck Ribéry, Luca Toni and Martin Demichelis strongly contributed to the Bavarians’ failure to win either of their first two matches. “I don’t know any team able to produce like-for-like replacements for this kind of quality, Bayern included,” reasoned the former world-class striker. However, Rummenigge feels Demichelis’ imminent return will add stability to the side. “Our defence will really profit from that.“

FCB need wins

Rummenigge is now expecting Bayern to register a first league victory of term when they entertain Hertha BSC on Sunday. “We need wins, both to help us in the standings, and also to boost the team’s confidence.“ Asked whether Bayern had made a poor start to the campaign start, Rummenigge did not hesitate before answering: “No!“