Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger admitted his side were guilty of 'throwing away' points in their 1-1 draw at Leverkusen as Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal equalised with a first-half penalty after Munich striker Mario Gomez opened the scoring. The draw leaves Bayern in eighth position on the league table, 14 points behind league leaders Dortmund.
"We threw it away in the first half," fumed Schweinsteiger, who captained Germany to a goalless draw in Sweden in Wednesday's friendly. "That shouldn't be happening to a top team."
"We dominated the first half, but we've shot ourselves in the foot again and handed Leverkusen a penalty. If we're going to catch up, we have to start winning away from home.
"We have to look very hard at ourselves, it's our own fault we're 14 points off the lead," said the Bayern Munich man.
Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal admitted his side were guilty of not playing intelligent football.
"We played really well in the first half, but then we've gifted them a goal," said the Dutchman. "A top team has to be smart enough to defend the lead until half-time, but we've fallen short.
"We were the better team in the second half, so I think it's a shame. We've thrown away two points, like we did against Moenchengladbach.
"We've not lost for nine games now, we're playing better football, we're scoring goals, but it doesn't feel good when you fail to win.
"This was another match we could have won. I think we still have a chance of the title, but Dortmund obviously have the best chance now," said the coach.
With top side Dortmund earlier coming from behind to win 2-1 at Freiburg to pick up their 11th league win from 13 games, Bayern have considerable gap to bridge with more than a third of the season now played.