Bayern's van Gaal angry at squandered chances
Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal was far from pleased after the German giants squandered a string of chances in a 1-1 draw at home to VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday.sports Updated: Aug 16, 2009 17:27 IST
Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal was far from pleased after the German giants squandered a string of chances in a 1-1 draw at home to VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday.
Having been also held to a score draw at Hoffenheim on the opening weekend of the season, Bayern had to again settle for the single point as Germany striker Maro Gomez scored a late equaliser to spare the home side's blushes.
"I'm not happy with the result, but I'm pleased enough with the match," said van Gaal after Bayern's first home match of the season at Munich's Allianz Arena.
"We were outstanding in the first 30 minutes, but we failed to score. And then Werder scored with their first attack.
"That was very disappointing for my players. It was easy for Bremen to defend with ten men after that.
"It's always difficult in that situation, but we still created six or seven chances, and I'm pleased with that.
"However, I'm not happy with the number of chances we missed. I reckon we'd have deserved the win based on our chances in the second half."
Having scored his first Bundesliga goal for his new club since his summer transfer from Stuttgart, Gomez's goal with 20 minutes remaining keeps Bayern unbeaten this season.
"We were totally in command for most of the match, but unfortunately it wasn't enough," said Gomez.
"When Werder Bremen, who are normally an attacking side, pull ten men back behind the ball, it's always going to be tough.
"You have to be patient - and we were patient.
"It's not particularly entertaining for the crowd, but there's no other way.
"We thought Bremen would come at us more, but they didn't do so. We're on two points now, but that's definitely not enough."
And Bremen midfielder Mesut Oezil, who opened the scoring on Saturday, said his side deserved at least a point.
"Obviously, I'm delighted about scoring, but the most important thing was coming away with a point," said the Germany midfielder.
"Bayern put us under a lot of pressure, but we resisted well. We deserve the draw."
Wolfsburg had to come from behind to claim a 3-1 win at Cologne on Saturday night and goal-scorer Edin Dzeko, who netted more than 50 goals alongside Brazil's Grafite last season, said sides were raising their game.
"You can see sides are playing better against us as we are defending champions," said the striker whose side have a 100 percent record.
"Cologne are a good side and we will have to raise our game for the whole season if we are going to defend the Bundesliga title."