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FCB aiming for ‘at least a point’ in Rome

Before even leaving Munich for Tuesday’s away meeting with AS Roma, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was quizzed at length about Bayern’s uncharacteristically poor eighth spot in the Bundesliga. “We’re not happy about our position in the league, but let’s put the criticism into context. We’ve not lost for nine games, and in Gladbach and Leverkusen we played very well at times,” the club chairman said on Monday.

The matches referred to by Rummenigge in his session with reporters at Munich airport were both cases where Louis van Gaal’s men were guilty of dropping points due to carelessness. “We have to cut out these defensive errors,” the chairman said. Bayern are 14 points off runaway leaders Borussia Dortmund, but have yet to concede defeat in the title race. “It's a lot, really a lot. But we’re fighters, and we’ll fight to the end.”