Created on 30-01-2009 at 00:00 AM
Hamburg are rapidly becoming public enemy number one at Bayern, after the champions failed to beat the northerners for the fifth time in a row. In the Friday night fixture marking the start of the second half of the Bundesliga campaign, FCB fell at the HSH Nordbank Arena by the only goal of the game.
The Bayern camp was “disappointed and angry” afterwards, Jürgen Klinsmann reported. The FCB boss was displeased with his side’s start to the match: “We were asleep for the first half hour.“ His men then declined “first-rate chances“ in the second half: “The ball somehow didn’t want to go in.“
Reaction to Hamburg v Bayern:
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: “It was an avoidable defeat. Especially in the first half-hour, we didn’t invest enough and didn’t show enough aggression. Maybe after our excellent display [in Stuttgart] we thought we could do it with half the effort, but that won’t do against any opponents, and especially not against HSV. We played really well in the second half, but failed to convert some excellent chances. We could have had at least a draw, maybe even a win. As of this evening, HSV are definitely in the title race.“
Jürgen Klinsmann: “We were asleep for the first half hour. We stood too far off our men, we didn’t apply any pressure, and we let HSV play. None of my team showed up. We slowly picked up speed after the half-hour, but we conceded a stupid goal just before half-time. We played reasonable football in the second half. We created a string of chances, but the ball somehow didn’t want to go in. We’re disappointed and angry now. We came here looking for a result. We had enough chances to cancel out Hamburg’s goal, but we didn’t put them away, and we’re going home empty-handed.”