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Dismayed but unbowed

Kroos: We won't be knocked out of our stride

It will have been a short Friday night for the Bayern players and coaching staff at their temporary team base in Düsseldorf, more due to the early airport transfer time of ten past nine on Saturday morning, and less because of lost sleep following the previous evening's 3-1 Bundesliga restart defeat away to Borussia Mönchengladbach, unexpected and frustrating though that was.

“We're bitterly disappointed. We came here looking for a good result, but we fell hopelessly behind due to our own mistakes," mused FCB captain Philipp Lahm shortly after the final whistle at Borussia Park. “We made too many mistakes and we conceded silly goals. You'll always be punished for that," Lahm continued. Despite a fifth league defeat of the season, Bayern will remain top of the standings following the 18th round of matches, barring freak results in the matches involving Schalke and Dortmund.