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Bundesliga: Bayern Munich Losing Their Way As Borussia Dortmund Dial In

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AUGSBURG, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 30: Marc Bartra of Borussia Dortmund cheers after the Bundesliga match between FC Augsburg and Borussia Dortmund at WWK-Arena on September 30, 2017 in Augsburg, Germany. (Photo by Alexandre Simoes/Borussia Dortmund/Getty Images)

Firing Carlo Ancelotti as Bayern Munich manager was a very harsh and maybe even panicky decision by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and his right hand man Uli Hoeness. The evidence: the first match in the inevitably brief Willy Sagnol era at Die Bayern, a road tie away to Pal Dardai’s Hertha BSC.

As with the match against VfL Wolfsburg, Bayern got off to a 2-0 lead through Mats Hummels (10′) and Robert Lewandowski (49′) but proceeded to throw it away for a 2-2 draw. Ondrej Duda (51′) and Salomon Kalou (56′) salvaged a point split for Hertha at the Olympiastadion.

“The result is a bit annoying for us,” said Sagnol after the match. “If you’re two goals up you have to be more focused and disciplined. We had lots of chances and only scored two goals. It’s disappointing, we should have been more efficient.

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“But that’s football, we have to accept it. If we aren’t focused we won’t be the best team in Germany any longer. It’s not only the defence, it’s a problem of the entire team. We have to act more as a team and find the right balance. We’ll calmly analyse it during the international break.”

Meanwhile, over at Peter Bosz’s Borussia Dortmund, it was back to the same old winning form after an expected defeat against Real Madrid. Andrey Yarmolenko (4′) and Shinji Kagawa (23′) helped Dortmund secure a 2-1 win over Manuel Baum’s FC Augsburg at the WWK Arena. Caiuby scored an 11th minute equalizer that proved to be short-lived. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could have kept his scoring form going but missed a penalty.

“We are happy with the result,” said Bosz. “That was the worst game during my time here at BVB. It was never easy at any point today. We had plenty of space in the first half, but we didn’t play good football. In the second half we didn’t play anything remotely approximating football at all. Every team has a couple of games like this each season. For that reason, I am very happy that we managed to win the encounter.

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“We could have scored two or three more goals towards the end, but we could have also conceded a few. That’s why I made the substitution and brought on Ömer Toprak. We didn’t play football in the second passage of play at all, we just made sure of the result.”

Bayern and Dortmund are back in action on October 14. The defending league champions host SC Freiburg at 6:30 a.m. PT/9:30 a.m. ET. Dortmund host RB Leipzig at 9:30 a.m. PT/12:30 p.m. ET.

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