Daniel van Buyten, Thomas Muller and Christian Nerlinger bemoans Bayern Munich’s loss to Mainz
After being put to bed by FSV Mainz on Sunday, Bayern Munich defender, Daniel van Buyten, voiced disappointment at his team’s shocking loss to the O-Fives. Thomas Muller and the club’s sporting director, Christian Nerlinger, also expressed grief after being
resigned to the third spot.
The trio were talking after Bayern’s surprising defeat to Der Legende on Sunday. Mainz hosted the German giants on November 27 at Coface Arena, emerging as proud 3-2 winners.
Daniel van Buyten scored both goals for the visitors but still didn’t manage to help his team achieve all the three points on their visit.
Buyten first scored in the 56th minute to bring the game level before finding his side 3-1 down with the quarter of a game remaining. Another header in the 79th minute made the score line read 3-2 to ensure a thrilling finish at Coface
However, Mainz kept their nerves in the Ruhr derby and registered a mouth-watering win over the Bavarian giants.
Bayern, as a result, find themselves a point behind the current leaders, Borussia Dortmund, and the second placed, Borussia Monchengladbach.
The defender reckoned that his team took the game lightly especially after beating Villarreal in the Champions League prior to Sunday’s game.
While talking to reporters after Sunday’s defeat, the centre back further stated:
"What makes us strong is the fact that we all attack but we all come back to defend as well. If you don't do these simple things then you will be in trouble against a team like Mainz.”
Thomas Muller also agreed with his teammate’s comments and vowed to bounce back quickly in the game against Werder Bremen, next week. He accepted being off-colour against the O-Fives but refrained from holding any one responsible for Sunday’s loss.
Munich’s sporting director believed that Mainz were outstanding on the night and deserved all three points. He expressed confidence in his side and urged the fans not to worry after their team’s shocking loss to the Coface Arena outfit.
"It's not running as smoothly as it sometimes has, and that's when you have to fall back on certain fundamentals: the necessary aggression, keeping it tight, stopping your opponents creating chances. I saw none of that whatsoever, especially in the first
half (on Sunday)." Nerlinger concluded.