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‘Food for thought'

Pensive FCB seek to learn the right lessons

Bayern are through to the Champions League quarter-finals for the 12th time in 16 attempts. That would normally be enough to send everyone home happy, but on Wednesday night, the expression on most faces was brooding and pensive. Bayern ultimately overcame Arsenal in the Round of 16 by virtue of scoring one more goal away from home, but an unexpected 2-0 defeat at the Allianz Arena could not just be dismissed as one of those things.

“We’ve basically scraped through,” commented Uli Hoeneß after witnessing 90 “nerve-shredding” minutes. The Bayern president voiced concern at a potential negative trend: “I think that was the last warning shot for the team after a poor display in Hoffenheim and a lucky win against Düsseldorf,” he smouldered. Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge felt the home side “lacked structure. The highest standards apply in the Champions League.”