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Lahm angered by tame Bayern

19 February 2012 15:26

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm was frustrated with his side's performance in their 0-0 draw away to lowly Freiburg on Saturday.

Germany international Lahm said Bayern lacked aggression, and has warned his team-mates they must improve to stay in the race for the Bundesliga title.

"We did not invest enough (effort) in the first half," he said.

"We weren't prepared to run hard enough, we weren't aggressive enough, we didn't show up in fact."

"We have plenty to discuss over the next few days. The result is a huge setback. Before the weekend, it was in our own hands, but we've thrown away that position now."

"I am not so much worried about the league table as about our performance though. If we continue to play like we did today, it will be very hard to win the Bundesliga title."

Bayern return to action on Wednesday when they lock horns with Basel in the Champions League round-of-16 first leg.

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´Sluggish´ Bayern frustrate Heynckes

19 February 2012 09:46

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes admits he is mystified by his side's 0-0 draw with Bundesliga basement team Freiburg on Saturday.

The third-placed Bavarians' title hopes took a hit as they looked a shadow of their usual selves at the Badenova Stadion, the home side out-working and out-chancing the 22-time German champions.

"We were sluggish in the first half," Heynckes told reporters.

"We obviously thought we'd succeed with pretty football."

"What we should have done is resist them energetically, we should have matched their approach, picked up the pace. But we didn't do that until the second half, when we applied pressure and made a few chances."

"That's what you have to do for 90 minutes against a team fighting for their lives."

"In terms of the table, it's two points dropped. The teams at the top are very stable, so normally, you can't allow yourselves the kind of lapse we've suffered here."

The poor performance means that Heynckes has to re-energise his team ahead of a visit from Schalke next week.

Bayern now sit third on the Bundesliga table, four points behind first-placed Borussia Dortmund.

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Bundesliga wrap: Dortmund streak continues, Bayern held

18 February 2012 21:39

Borussia Dortmund made it 11 straight wins in all competitions with a 1-0 Bundesliga triumph at Hertha Berlin, as Bayern Munich stumbled in Freiburg.

A 63rd-minute strike from Dortmund's Kevin Grosskreutz proved to be the difference between the two teams at Berlin's Olympic Stadium on Saturday.

Patrick Ebert missed two good chances for the home side, and they were made to pay midway through the second half.

Hertha goalkeeper Thomas Kraft pushed Robert Lewandowski's header onto the bar, and Grosskreutz produced an acrobatic finish to give Dortmund the lead.

The hosts' best opportunity to equalise fell to Raffael 10 minutes after they fell behind, but the Brazilian saw his shot blocked by Neven Subotic.

Hertha, who sacked coach Michael Skibbe last week, have now lost four league matches in succession.

Bayern Munich were held to a goalless draw at Freiburg, meaning Borussia Moenchengladbach climbed to second place courtesy of their 2-1 away win over Kaiserslautern.

Patrick Herrmann and Juan Arango each scored within the first 13 minutes for Moenchengladbach at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion.

Leon Jessen got a goal back for Kaiserslautern on 62 minutes, but it was not enough for the home side.

Saturday's results see Dortmund leading the Bundesliga standings by three points from Moenchengladbach, with Bayern dropping to third place, a further point behind.

A Stefan Kiessling brace helped Bayer Leverkusen dispatch Augsburg 4-1 at home.

Kiessling opened the scoring 25 minutes into the match at the BayArena, with Koo Ja-Cheol levelling for Augsburg four minutes into the second half.

The visitors had no answer to three Leverkusen goals in the space of 10 minutes, as Gonzalo Castro, Kiessling again, and Andre Schuerrle put the outcome beyond doubt.

Werder Bremen came away from their trip to Hamburg with all three points, courtesy of a 3-1 victory.

Marko Marin and Tom Trybull struck to give Bremen a 2-0 half-time lead.

Mladen Petric got one back for Hamburg on 76 minutes, but Marko Arnautovic made the result safe for the away side when he scored with five minutes to go.

Finally, Nuremberg left it late to secure a 2-1 victory at home to Cologne.

The hosts led through Alexander Esswein's 28th-minute strike, with Milivoje Novakovic equalising for visitors Cologne in the 65th minute.

Tomas Pekhart scored on 85 minutes to help his Nuremberg side across the line.

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Bundesliga preview: Leverkusen look to bounce back

18 February 2012 03:37

Bayer Leverkusen will look to bounce back from two defeats in a row when they take on Augsburg on Saturday in the Bundesliga.

Leverkusen have not won in four matches, including a 3-1 loss to Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday and a 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

Leverkusen's main weakness this season has been in front of goal, having only hit the back of the net 28 times in 21 games, which is worse than 12th-placed Cologne and 13th-placed Mainz.

Swiss striker Eren Derdiyok is the club's top scorer in the Bundesliga with just six goals, while Stefan Kiebling, Bayer's main forward, has scored only four goals in 15 games.

Bayer are sixth on the Bundesliga table and have 31 points, but need a win to ensure they are still in the European places at the end of the weekend, with Hannover just behind on goal difference.

Augsburg, Leverkusen's visitors on Saturday, are second-bottom with 18 points, including only one win on the road this season.

A victory for Augsburg could take them above the relegation spots if Hertha Berlin lose and Kaiserslautern fail to win.

Hertha host league leaders Dortmund, while Kaiserslautern are also at home where they will face third-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Dortmund lost to Hertha when the Berlin-based club travelled west on September 10, but the reigning champions have won five straight in the Bundesliga heading into this weekend's fixture.

Moenchengladbach, who have not lost in seven games, could draw level at the top of the table if they win and Dortmund lose, although that hypothetical would open the door for Bayern Munich who are just two points behind the top team and take on bottom-placed Freiburg on Saturday.

Schalke, the other club still within touching distance of Dortmund, host Wolfsburg on Sunday.

It is the first of two evenly-matched games on Sunday, with ninth-placed Stuttgart travelling north to take on Hannover, who are seventh.

In other matches this week, Hoffenheim and Mainz are in action on Friday, while on Saturday, Hamburg host Bremen and Cologne will play Nurnberg.

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Heynckes wary of Freiburg

17 February 2012 18:28

Jupp Heynckes believes Bundesliga strugglers Freiburg will pose a threat to his Bayern Munich team when they meet in the league on Saturday.

Bayern are second in the German top flight, and go into the clash on the back of three wins from their last four matches in all competitions.

Freiburg meanwhile have only managed four league wins all season, and sit bottom of the table, three points adrift of safety.

Despite the two teams' sharply contrasting fortunes, Heynckes will be taking nothing for granted when his players arrive at the Mage Solar Stadion.

Christian Streich replaced Marcus Sorg as Freiburg coach on December 29, and saw his team go down fighting in a 3-2 loss away to Wolfsburg last weekend.

"Last Friday we saw Freiburg against Wolfsburg in the hotel together and you've obviously read or have been informed that Freiburg played well and lost unluckily," he said.

"They run a lot, play a good pressing game, they can run fast."

"When you look at the team then you have to say that the make-up is different now. They have young, aggressive players and I think they're remarkable opponents and we need a top performance."

Bundesliga table

# Team MP D P
1 34 +55 81
2 34 +55 73
3 34 +30 64
4 34 +25 60
5 34 +8 54
6 34 +17 53
7 34 -4 48
8 34 -13 44
9 34 -9 42
10 34 -11 42
11 34 -6 41
12 34 -16 40
13 34 -4 39
14 34 -13 38
15 34 -22 36
16 34 -26 31
17 34 -36 30
18 34 -30 23