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‘Hardly jumping for joy’

FCB self-critical despite last sixteen berth

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It was not quite midnight when Karl-Heinz Rummenigge delivered the opening speech at the customary Champions League post-match banquet at the team hotel in Valencia. An hour earlier, FCB's 1-1 draw with their Spanish opponents sealed a place in the last sixteen, with first place in Group F also guaranteed should the Bavarians beat Borisov in their final group fixture. In that sense, all was well with Bayern, who are through to the first knockout round for the fifth season in a row.

However, the chairman was not exactly overdoing the praise. “We can be satisfied with the result but not with the performance," said Rummenigge, who admitted the match “in this sunny paradise" on the Mediterranean coast, and also the preceding game away to Nürnberg, “didn't please me. If you have an extra man for an hour but end up being relieved it’s finished 1-1, it's not a satisfactory situation. There’s too much playing for a result, in my opinion. We need to get into gear and hit the gas again.”