Created on 25-10-2009 at 00:00 AM
Following an increasingly tense game ultimately settled by Daniel van Buyten’s last-gasp header, Uli Hoeneß needed a brief pause for thought before facing the media. “I’ll be back,” said as he headed through the Mixed Zone at the Allianz Arena on his way to the dressing room. He returned some 15 minutes later to deliver a calm and collected analysis of the afternoon’s proceedings.
“The 2-1 scoreline is a minimum reflection of the balance of play, although 4-1 or 5-1 would have been more accurate,” said Hoeneß after the victory over Eintracht Frankfurt, “the task for the moment is to get results and restore our confidence – and you need a bit of luck, like we had today.”
However, the luck was more than earned. Louis van Gaal’s men reacted in the best possible manner to the midweek defeat in Bordeaux, creating half a dozen decent openings in the first half and refusing to be knocked out of their stride by conceding the opening goal. “I have the feeling there’s life in this team again, and plenty of spirit. I liked the way they worked their way back from going a goal behind. It was a sensational reaction,” said Hoeneß. “We showed character and had the energy to keep going right to the end,” commented Philipp Lahm.