x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

Bayern defeat riles Hoeness

The Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness is angry after his side's 1-0 defeat against Hamburg leaves them in ninth place.

Hanover's Frank Fahrenhorst defends a Bayern attack.
Hanover's Frank Fahrenhorst defends a Bayern attack.

The Bundesliga table does not make happy reading for Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness. His side's 1-0 defeat to Hanover left the defending champions in ninth position with a five-point deficit on leaders Hamburg. "I have noticed there are a lot of teams above us and that annoys me," admitted an angry Hoeness. For the 20-times German champions, being so far behind after six games is something of a shock.

"Usually, we score a goal, score a second and then go home," said Hoeness. "I don't think it had anything to do with the squad rotation, but more that we approached the game carelessly." Bayern have an opportunity to forget about this latest Bundesliga defeat tomorrow when the French champions Lyon arrive at the Allianz Arena in the Champions League on Tuesday and Hoeness expects a reaction. He said. "We can try to prove ourselves in Europe and find some rhythm to enable us to play better in the league."

Werder Bremen are having no such problems scoring goals, however. They scored five for the second successive Bundesliga game to warm up well for a trip to Inter Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday. However, scoring 10 goals in two games was almost not enough for six points as their opponents, Hoffenheim, scored four. "Hoffenheim deserve a big compliment because they played a great game," Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf said. "But you cannot let a 4-1 lead slip to 4-4, although on the other hand, it is good that we were able to hit back again."

Mesut Ozil was Bremen's hero as he scored two - the opening goal and the late winner to stall Hoffenheim's remarkable recovery. @Email:sports@thenational.ae