Lahm: We have only ourselves to blame
Bayern remain undefeated in their last 29 Bundesliga matches, but dropped points for the first time this season in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw away to Freiburg. “We have only ourselves to blame,” reflected captain Philipp Lahm critically, “we failed to make the outcome clear-cut.” However, despite the draw in the trip to the Breisgau region, Bayern are top of the table until the weekend at least.
Reaction to Freiburg v Bayern:
Pep Guardiola: “We played well, very well. But if you’re only 1-0 up in the Bundesliga, things like this can always happen. We never stopped attacking and we had chances. But I’m very, very proud of my players.”
Philipp Lahm: “We have only ourselves to blame. We conceded an equaliser just before the end, but we had plenty of chances to score a second of our own before that. It would have been over if we’d done that. In recent matches, we’ve tended to fail to make the outcome clear-cut, and we were punished for that today.”
Christian Streich (Freiburg coach): “When you’re playing Bayern, the first thing you need is a very high tolerance of frustration. I think playing this team is the worst thing of all psychologically. They’re set up to keep the ball at all times. You never have the ball, and they just play it around you. But we’ve taken a point off Bayern, and we had a bit of luck in doing so.”
Oliver Baumann (Freiburg keeper): “We put up an unbelievable fight today, and the crowd got right behind us, which really, really helped. The way we got back into it was a bit strange. Bayern played the football and tried to keep control, and also take the pace out of the game. It's clear we’re taking a step forward with every passing match. The coach told us we’d have to fight our way into the match, or we’d never take anything from it. And he was right.”
Nicolas Höfler (Freiburg goalscorer): “I’ve only played 25 minutes, but I’m totally exhausted. I was very fortunate to find myself in front of goal, but the ball came to me and I just had to put it in.”