No room for error against PSV: Lahm

Bayern Munich's Philipp Lahm kicks a ball during a training session of the team in Munich, Germany on Oct 18, 2016.
Bayern Munich's Philipp Lahm kicks a ball during a training session of the team in Munich, Germany on Oct 18, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

BERLIN • Bayern Munich are determined to break their winless streak when they host PSV Eindhoven today to get their Champions League campaign back on track.

They have drawn both of their German league games since losing 0-1 at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League three weeks ago.

The Bundesliga leaders' 2-2 draw at 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday was branded "unacceptable" by Bayern's chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

"We don't need excuses, we have only ourselves to blame," fumed the Bayern boss.

"The way we played in the first half (in Frankfurt) is not Bayern Munich. You can't turn in a display like that. We have to shift up a gear very quickly, or we'll have problems in the Champions League on Wednesday."

Coach Carlo Ancelotti has already threatened to make changes for the PSV clash and admitted that his team's attitude in Frankfurt was poor. His captain, Philipp Lahm, agrees and says Bayern must now bounce back against their Dutch opponents.

"We have to get a grip. The Champions League is up on Wednesday and we absolutely must take three points," said Lahm. "If you believe that less than 100 per cent will do, you risk losing tackles and control."

Despite their dip in form, Bayern remain two points clear in the Bundesliga table and are second in Group D of the Champions League, three points behind Atletico (six).

Phillip Cocu's PSV side are still looking for a first victory.

They lost 0-1 to Atletico in their opening game and drew 2-2 at Rostov three weeks ago when they twice came from behind.

PSV are also having their fair share of problems domestically, having fallen nine points behind Eredivisie leaders Feyenoord.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 19, 2016, with the headline 'No room for error against PSV: Lahm'. Print Edition | Subscribe