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Treading water

Morale-boosting win still proves elusive

Taking a point off the unbeaten league leaders doesn’t look too bad on paper, but the Bayern players’ faces told a different story after Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Bayer Leverkusen. “That wasn’t enough. That counts as two points dropped,” said Philipp Lahm. “We’re disappointed,” agreed Bastian Schweinsteiger, revealing a dressing room full of mixed feelings: “It's not a funeral in there, but no-one’s celebrating either.”

Uli Hoeneß had hoped for a good win to kick-start Bayern’s season, but instead, the men from Munich are treading water in the Bundesliga table. The gap to the top of the standings remains six points, whereas victory over Leverkusen would have reduced it to three. On the other hand, FCB at least avoided the worst-case-scenario, as a defeat would have seen Leverkusen go fully nine points clear.

With 13 league games played, Bayern’s record reads five wins, six draws and two defeats, including draws in their last three fixtures. “Nobody’s satisfied with seventh place, neither the team, nor the coach, nor the fans, and certainly not us,” commented Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who made his way to the dressing room afterwards accompanied by fellow board directors Uli Hoeneß and Karl Hopfner.

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