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Reacting to adversity

Top men call for home truths and fighting spirit

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The Bayern board and senior officials had not left Dortmund on Sunday before settling on their initial response to a sobering 2-0 defeat. As the players learned on the bus from the stadium to the airport, Monday’s scheduled team visit to the Oktoberfest was cancelled. “There’s no sense going to the Oktoberfest in the current situation,” said Christian Nerlinger, “that was our unanimous decision.” Spirits are low in the Bayern camp for now.

A record of eight points, with eight goals conceded and only five scored, is the club’s worst-ever return from the first seven matches of a league season. The champions are 12th in the standings, 13 points behind the leaders. “This is the worst-case scenario,” Uli Hoeneß thundered, “we have to stop deceiving ourselves. For all of us, the time has come for a loud wake-up call.”