No excuses from Van Gaal
Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal was not making any excuses for his side's dramatic 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt yesterday, acknowledging that they only had themselves to blame.
The league leaders were on course for victory until two goals in the last four minutes turned the game around and left them empty handed for the first time in 20 Bundesliga matches.
"I think we threw the game away by ourselves," said Van Gaal. "I did not see an impressive FC Bayern. We lost possession too often in the midfield and that meant our defence came under more and more pressure."
Frankfurt were ultimately rewarded for their cavalier approach, but Van Gaal does not think they would have found a way through had Daniel van Buyten not been forced to leave the field with an injury late in the second half.
"Van Buyten's injury was the turning point," said the Dutchman. "That substitution was a substitution too many."
Bayern could be knocked off the top of the table today if Schalke succeed in Hamburg, but Bayern captain Mark van Bommel was refusing to panic.
"We have lost the first Bundesliga game in a long time and I can already see the headlines: 'Bayern are in a crisis', but the world does not fall apart after just one lost game," he said.
Bayern have a DFB-Pokal semi-final tie at Schalke in midweek followed by a tricky Bundesliga tie with Stuttgart. The two-legged UEFA Champions League semi-final with Manchester United sandwiches in a trip to Gelsenkirchen in the league and the spell is rounded off with a trip to third-placed Bayer Leverkusen, meaning the next three weeks are going to really test the record German champions.
Especially since they are struggling to pick up points on the road, having failed to do so in Cologne, Nuremberg and now Frankfurt.
"This is certainly a setback for us," said midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger. "We have got to ensure we start picking up points away from home again quickly. If you want to win the league, you have got to also win away."