Van Bommel: We should have scored more goals
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Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal may have been full of praise after his teams' fifth UEFA Champions League win - a 3-0 victory over Basel - but captain Mark van Bommel was less than impressed with the Germans' performance.

A pair of goals from Ribery - his first for the club since April - and a simple tap in by Ukraine star Anatoliy Tymoshchuk sealed the win in Munich on Wednesday. Last season's finalists go through as Group E winners, but tougher tests await in February's Round of 16, which will be drawn on 17 December in Nyon, and van Bommel was not impressed after his team beat a limited Basel side.

"We started this game badly, there was not enough movement and calls for the ball until Franck opened the scoring," said the disgruntled van Bommel. "We should have scored more goals, but it is important now to take some confidence for our (next Bundesliga) match against St. Pauli."

Bayern progress alongside AS Roma to the knock-out stages while Basel finish third with the consolation of a place in the Europa League.

We should have scored more goals, but it is important now to take some confidence for our (next Bundesliga) match against St. Pauli.
Mark van Bommel, Bayern Munich captain

"Not many sides have managed to win five of their group games," beamed van Gaal. "We scored three goals, so I am very happy. This win will also give us some self-confidence for the games ahead."

But all is not rosy with the German champions. There are already real concerns around the Allianz Arena about qualifying for next season's competition and Bayern need to finish in the German league's top two to be sure of a place in European football's most lucrative tournament.

Their 2-0 defeat at German league strugglers Schalke last Saturday leaves them seventh in the Bundesliga and 17 points behind surprise leaders Dortmund with van Gaal already admitting the gap may be too big to bridge. The Germans have now won their last seven European home games, but there is no denying they are erratic on occasion and have lost four times in the Bundesliga this season.

Bayern are set to welcome back long-term injury victims Dutch playmaker Arjen Robben, Croatia striker Ivica Olic and Germany veteran Miroslav Klose in January. The Germans will need all the firepower they can muster if they are to repeat last season's feat of reaching the final.