Piraeus (dpa) - At the nightly banquet of FC Bayern München directed Karl-Heinz Rummenigge clear words to coach Niko Kovac and the star ensemble.
"I do not think that the performance that we have tonight will bring us great results this year if we do not get the curve slowly," said the chief executive officer, pointing to alarming signals: "We are playing a bit too tight carefree. That will eventually lead to problems. »
Previously, the German football champion had worked for a 3-2 away win in the Champions League at Olympiacos Piraeus. Robert Lewandowski (2) and Corentin Tolisso scored the goals; Thomas Müller, who had returned to the starting XI, was involved in all matches. "The result is great," said captain Manuel Neuer. The team is currently not there, "where they should be".
After two missed wins in the Bundesliga against Hoffenheim (1: 2) and in Augsburg (2: 2) remains the team of Niko Kovac but at least in the premier class points on course. "It's definitely a small step forward," said Neuer, who spoke of the team's self-critical analyzes.
In the Greek port city, those responsible were especially concerned about the vulnerable defensive play. "You go crazy when you see such a game. We are not in control. Everything has to get better, "sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic demanded. To make matters worse, the Munich have to complain after the long failure of Niklas Süle (cruciate ligament tear) the next injured defender: record shopping Lucas Hernández left the stadium on crutches. An accurate diagnosis should be made throughout the day.
Nine points from three games is the best ever yield of Munich in the Champions League. "Looking at the table, you can look to the future with optimism that we can achieve at least the first step, qualifying for the round of 16," said Rummenigge. But the Bavarians in Piraeus had to shake again - and despite a meantime 3-1 lead. "We are here in Greece, and there the marathon was invented. It was a bit of a marathon with hurdles that we had on the pitch tonight, "said Rummenigge.
A success factor was again Lewandowski: hit number 18 in the 13th competitive game of the season, the goals 57 and 58 in 83rd king class use. As a preparer shone Müller, who had last found six times at kickoff on the bench. "I try to focus on playing football. Slowly all the discussions can end a bit, "said the 30-year-old. "We have passed the baptism of fire, but of course we also know that not everything was perfect."
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