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Klinsmann: Performance was unacceptable

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Jürgen Klinsmann confessed to a “restless night“ after Bayern’s bitter 3-3 home draw with VfL Bochum. Interviewed on Sunday by the Bayern boss pulled no punches in voicing his dismay, brutally analysing his team’s mistakes, and demanding a reaction from the players.

Jürgen Klinsmann on…

…the 3-3 draw with VfL Bochum: “I’m deeply disappointed, and angry too. We’d basically wrapped it up at 3-1, but we were negligent and carelessly tossed it away. It gnaws at you, I had a restless night. It hurts, but I’m a born fighter. I know what the problems are. We’ll talk them through and remedy them step by step. We’ll talk to the team about them today, and we won’t mince our words.“

…his substitutions against Bochum: “We were 3-1 up against Bochum, it was over as a contest, and I took Zé Roberto off so he could acknowledge the crowd’s applause. He was fantastic. But the men who came on didn’t have the same attitude as a 34-year-old who’d scrapped for the team for a full 80 minutes. That’s not acceptable. Every player has to show us he’s 100 percent committed to Bayern, that he’s prepared to go to the limit, that he tidies up in midfield, that he’ll force the ball over the line whatever it takes – it applies to every area of the team.“