Van Bommel upbeat despite defeat
Bayern Munich captain Mark van Bommel believes misfortune was at the heart of his side's 2-0 defeat to Kaiserslauten yesterday.
The defending German champions lost their first game of the 2010-11 season after conceding two goals in little over a minute, but Van Bommel refused to panic, insisting his side had once again proven to be superior to the competition.
"It was nothing to do with the stadium or the atmosphere," he said. "We did not play badly and we created plenty of chances. It maybe sounds stupid after a 2-0 defeat but we would have deserved to win."
Bayern missed a glorious opportunity to go ahead moments before the home side opened the scoring when Thomas Muller - ignoring both Miroslav Klose and Ivica Olic, who would have had an open goal - placed his shot wide of the post with only the goalkeeper to beat.
"Those are moments in which you think to yourself: 'they are lucky'," added the Bayern captain. "Normally, they would lose against us. We had the biggest first chance with Muller and we had to go 1-0 up, and then the game would have been over.
"Of course we should not allow them to concede two goals in a minute, but we still had enough time to turn the game and I felt we were going to do it. I never had the feeling that we were panicky or that the game was already over at 0-2."
Kaiserslautern coach Marco Kurz celebrated his finest evening as coach last night and praised his side, who moved to the top of the Bundesliga with two wins out of two following their promotion from the second division.
"It was a crazy evening for us," he said. "We did so much right in the first half. We were courageous and, after the break, we had a good goalkeeper."