Heynckes pulls no punches

Jupp Heynckes promised Bayern Munich fans a “no-holds barred” analysis of the damaging draw against basement club Freiburg and demanded a response from his players (Bayern Munich 6/4 – Bundesliga Outright).

The Bavarians slipped to third in the Bundesliga – four points off champions and in-form leaders Borussia Dortmund – after a “very sobering evening” in the Breisgau region which saw Bayern leave the Mage Solar Stadion with just a point.

“We have to get our act together as fast as possible and present a different face,” said the club’s director of sport, Christian Nerlinger.

He added: “We need fundamental changes very quickly indeed, or it ‘ll be a very disappointing season for Bayern Munich.

“In our preparations for the match, I told my players we were up against opponents who would be very aggressive, full of running, and hard-tackling. And that’s exactly what we came up against in the first half,” Heynckes added.

Bayern must now dust themselves down for a Champions League last-16 game away to former youth team coach Heiko Vogel and his FC Basel side on Wednesday (FC Basel 11/2, draw 14/5, Bayern Munich 5/7 – 90 Minutes).

Group A winners Bayern have won six of their last nine Champions League away games, including a 1-0 success at FC Zurich in this season’s play-offs.

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