Beckenbauer critical after 2:0: “some things to improve”

Beckenbauer critical after 2:0: 'some things to improve'

"That was a pretty solid impression, but there is still some room for improvement," was the honorary president’s assessment of the german record champion’s decent but by no means exhilarating performance. "It was an interesting game, but not the most attractive or high-class one."Coach jupp heynckes, on the other hand, praised his professionals for a commanding performance: "my compliments to my squad. We are very satisfied."

Even if the two grand seigneurs were of two minds about the eighth victory of the sovereign leaders of the fubball bundesliga, this does not change the general dominance of the munich team. For the far-flung pursuers bayer leverkusen and borussia dortmund, it must be rather frightening that even a largely average performance was enough for the bavarians to win.

Vfb was evenly matched, at least in the first half, before cristian molinaro’s puzzling jink pass straight into mario mandzukic’s path "broke his neck," as coach bruno labbadia lamented. The bayern goalkeeper broke the deadlock with his twelfth goal of the season (50. Minute) the spell. Thomas muller scored his tenth goal of the season (72).) all clear.

Muller then defended himself against reservations about the star ensemble’s controlled and sober performance: "everyone expects FC bayern to be 3-0 up at half-time, but soccer is not a children’s playground."Like heynckes and his teammates, the national player pointed out that vfb’s performance up to the 0:1 was quite appealing. "Molinaro’s mistake naturally played into our hands," admitted toni kroos. "But I think we had won even so."

For beckenbauer, the championship is practically decided despite his restrained criticism. "Eleven and twelve points ahead of leverkusen and dortmund had to be enough," he exulted. On the question of the title, heynckes reacted cautiously in view of last year’s defeat after a comparably comfortable starting position. "It’s a respectable lead," he conceded, but even if it’s a phrase: "we’re just looking at us."With 15 games left to play, "it would be a big mistake for us to sit back and say it’s all over now," heynckes stressed. "I’m not taking any risks there, just as i’m not taking any risks with the switches."

As in the past, heynckes had the luxury of playing several of his stars against the prematurely beaten and by martin harnik’s expulsion (80.) to spare the decimated stuttgart team as well. Mario gomez, who had previously proved to be a terror for stuttgart with nine goals in six games against his former club, was given a full three minutes of action. For dribble-as arjen robben or jerôme boateng it even remained with the warm-up.

"For us, winning is a priority, not whether a player is used for 20 minutes," said heynckes, defending his philosophy of letting a fit and functioning team play through the game. "When the saturday-wednesday-saturday rhythm comes, we will also rotate."Matthias sammer nipped any rebellions of dissatisfied stars in the bud right away. "I did not like at all to see egoisms come in and bring completely unnecessary discussion material," the sports director rumbled on the pay-TV channel "sky": "we do not even allow the hint of egoisms to occur."

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