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Frustration and hurt

Angry Bayern rue needlessly dropped points

Judging the mood in the Bayern camp after Saturday’s 3-3 draw away to bottom club Borussia Monchengladbach was not a question of picking up subtle hints from the players’ expressions, or reading between the lines of the post-match reaction. It was simply a matter of listening, as Louis van Gaal’s furious voice rang out from within the away dressing room. “I was very disappointed, and a bit angry with my players,” the coach acknowledged. No-one was pulling punches. “We’re frustrated. That hurts,” Christian Nerlinger said. “It feels more like a defeat than a point gained,” added Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

“The coach was right to raise his voice,” commented Thomas Müller, “in our situation, the draw rates as dramatic, especially when we could have won so easily. We’ve ruined all our good work with one very poor quarter of an hour, we’ve spoiled our decent run, and it’s halted our pursuit of the clubs ahead of us. So you’d expect tempers to boil over, although there were no spiteful or vindictive words.”