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Sense of déjà vu

Nerlinger expects ‘same answer as last time’

The squad had the day off on Sunday, but even on a day of rest, the stars will almost certainly have been thinking about football, still musing on Friday night’s defeat in Mönchengladbach. “We’re not yet where we have to be,” Arjen Robben noted immediately after the final whistle at Borussia Park. “As we’ve seen, we still have work to do,” agreed Bastian Schweinsteiger.

The players next report for training at 3 pm on Monday afternoon, when Jupp Heynckes and his staff will begin preparing the players for a return to winning ways against Wolfsburg next Saturday. Friday’s match stats give a strong indication of the areas capable of improvement. FCB dominated open play against Gladbach, with 64 percent of the possession, an 18-9 win in the shot count and 8-4 on corners, and 24 crosses to the home side’s two. However, Munich finished with only one goal, and only won 43 percent of their tackles, pointing up a lack of aggression, commitment and determination.