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Klinsmann takes first Bayern defeat in his stride

SoccerNews in Bundesliga 24 Jul 2008


Bayern Munich coach Jurgen Klinsmann shrugged off his first defeat in charge of the German giants when his team were beaten 2-1 in a pre-season game by Borussia Dortmund.

A crowd of 50,000 came to Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday night to see Borussia claim revenge for last season's German Cup defeat at the hands of Bayern as they raced into a 2-0 half-time lead.

Goals by Jakub Blaszczykowski and Tamas Hajnal gave Borussia victory as they won their own T-Home SuperCup.

But Klinsmann, who succeeded Ottmar Hitzfeld as Bayern coach on July 1, was unconcerned even though it was a near-full strength Bayern side which was beaten and only injured Frenchman Franck Ribery was missing.

“It was mostly a decent performance and an entertaining game,” said former Germany boss Klinsmann.

“We had our chances in the first half of scoring one or two goals.

“Dortmund took the lead and that made things hard for us.

“We trained hard on the morning of the match, but the team held back during the game.

“It is much too early in the season to read too much into the result.

“The national players only returned six days ago and we are still in the building period which will last three to four weeks.

“This is part of a completely normal process.”

His opposite number Jurgen Klopp, also in charge for the first time after succeeding Thomas Doll, was delighted to have beaten the defending German champions.

“The team played well,” said Klopp, who is predicting a different result when the sides meet on the second weekend of the new Bundesliga season on August 23.

“We got what we wanted, but people shouldn't draw the wrong conclusion from this game.

“We know most of the Bayern team have only been back in training for the last few days.

“In four and a half weeks, we will play against each other again, things will be very different then.”


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