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Reaction to Mainz v Bayern

Van Gaal: You just can’t start the way we did

For the first time in seven league meetings, Bayern slipped to defeat against FSV Mainz on Saturday. The promoted club won 2-1 on their home Bruchweg stadium turf, leaving Bayern boss Louis van Gaal fuming afterwards: “You just can’t start the way we did. That was the problem today,” he said after a dreadful first-half display from his men. “We tried to put it right in the second half, but that’s always too late in football.”

Reaction to Mainz v Bayern:

Louis van Gaal: “The way we’ve started is disappointing. It was a false start. We tried to put it right in the second half, but that’s always too late in football. You have to get going from the first minute. I’m asking myself what we did wrong in our preparations. What I’ll do now is work hard and support the players. You just can’t start the way we did. That was the problem today.”

Philipp Lahm: “It’s always tough if you show no aggression and go into the match with the wrong attitude, even in Mainz. The first half was a catastrophe.”