Manuel Neuer, FC Bayern

Refocus and keep improving

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When you concede such a late equaliser, it's not easy to process quickly.

Bayern's frustration after the 2-2 draw at Borussia Dortmund on Saturday evening was clear among all involved.

"It's annoying, we're not happy," said Leon Goretzka, whose placed long-range shot gave FCB the lead in the 33rd minute, before LeroySané made it 2-0 (53').

Chances were there - Fine margins

That was followed by a phase that Julian Nagelsmann and his team were left to rue afterwards. The coach and his captain Manuel Neuer both agreed: "We should have put it to bed."

Bayern failed to finish off a number of opportunities they had on the counter, while BVB, with the crowd behind them, never gave up. Dortmund's spirit was rewarded with goals from Youssoufa Moukoko (74') and Anthony Modeste (90'+5).

Hard-fought battle - Classic Klassiker

"Obviously it's tough to take because they equalised so late, but it's not completely undeserved," assessed Nagelsmann, adding: "The teams were well matched. We were a little better in the second half, but Dortmund had some decent passages. At the end of the day, it's a fair result." He too knows that BVB were tough opponents.

A quick glance at the statistics is enough to prove that. Both teams ran a total of 117 kilometres. FCB registered nine shots on goal, BVB 12.

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"It's on us today. We didn't make the right decisions. Perhaps we lacked a bit of composure and focus. Mistakes happen in football, but perhaps there've been too many of those lately," commented Neuer, reflecting on the start to the season.

Looking ahead: First Plzen, then Freiburg

After nine matchdays, the Bavarians' record stands at four wins, four draws and one defeat.

Now it's about sharpening up quickly, reducing the error count and continuing to improve. Nagelsmann had already emphasised before Der Klassiker that the team is on the "right path".

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What's more, there's no time to ponder given the packed schedule. FCB have a Champions League assignment at Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday, before the Bundesliga home match against second-placed SC Freiburg on Sunday. Bayern will turn up there and try to take their chances.

It remains to be seen how much of a part Matthijs de Ligt and Alphonso Davies will play in those games, after both came off with knocks against Dortmund.

In any case, FCB will be determined to quickly pick up the next wins.

The reaction after the BVB match:


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