Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Germany

Matthias Sammer © Action Images

Bayern boss demands more



Although Bayern Munich's 2-0 win at VfB Stuttgart opened an 11-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga on Sunday, director of sport Matthias Sammer still wants the side to raise their game.

After an unimpressive first-half display, Bayern roared back with Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic capitalising on a mistake in the Stuttgart defence for the first goal before setting up Thomas Mueller for the second.

But having watched his team labour to a 2-0 win in Munich the week before against bottom side Greuther Fuerth, Sammer said Bayern must do more.

"We have to get into our rhythm as quickly as possible," said Sammer. "As we were against Greuther Fuerth, we were good, but 'good' just won't cut it for the rest of the season."

While Sammer's comments may seem harsh after two ultimately convincing wins, Bayern have some tough games ahead at Mainz and Wolfsburg, sandwiched between a home game against Schalke 04, before they play Arsenal in the Champions League.

Coach Jupp Heynckes said he was happy with the second-half display after some harsh words during the break.

"We played much better than against Fuerth," said the 67-year-old, who will step down at the end of the season to be replaced by ex-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola.

"In the first half we lacked a bit of wit, perseverance and determination in our final pass.

"I complained in the break and we went up a gear in the second half when Stuttgart started making errors."

Having won all eight of their opening league games, Bayern set another Bundesliga record in Stuttgart for having conceded just seven goals in their first 19 matches.

Goalscorer Mueller said the Bavarians need to learn to be patient against defence-minded teams eager to contain Bayern's star-studded attack.

"We need to get used to not always leading 3-0 at halftime, a football match lasts longer and we need to be patient," he said. "We punished their mistakes by going 2-0 up."

Stuttgart had Austria striker Martin Harnik sent off for the last 10 minutes for a second yellow card after his frustration got the better of him and he clattered into Franck Ribery's ankle after the ball had gone.

"Of course, Bayern had more ball possesion and dominated," said Stuttgart's Christian Gentner.

"We made simple mistakes at crucial moments, which are punished when you play Bayern Munich."

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R152.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
FIFA 14
Xbox 360
R549.00
Mitre Ultimatch Soccer Ball - White
A high quality football, offering high performance at both training and during football matches.
R252.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

MLS - Major League Soccer - Week 20; Toronto Fc v Sporting Kc
Badminton - Mixed Teams Gold Medal: Malaysia v England
Athletics - Day 1 - H\L
Lawn Bowls - Prelims Day 4

Sports Talk



Dr Errol Sweeney
World Cup refs return home ‘bruised’
The World Cup is over for another four years and already the post mortem has started into some...

Sunday Oliseh
What Germany did to become champs
The 2002 Japan and South Korea World Cup saw the Germans lose in the Finals to Brazil, thanks to...

Collins Okinyo
Amrouche is his own worst enemy
Thunder has struck twice with news of Harambee Stars coach Adel Amrouche being slapped with a...

Claudia Ekai
Save our Stars
First and foremost, it is not all over for Harambee Stars in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations...

Carol Radull
The Harambee Stars' secrets
A week ago Kenya’s Harambee Stars hosted Burundi in our first international friendly this year. I...

Emeka Enyadike
Joachim Loew: German lessons for Africa
How do you win the World Cup? How do you prepare a team for the greatest show on earth? How do you...