Bayern Munich's 2-2 draw with Wolfsburg on Friday means the Bavarians are off to their worst Bundesliga start since the 2010/11 season, when they ultimately surrendered the title to Borussia Dortmund. The champions were leading 2-0 before a Maximilian Arnold free-kick was fumbled by Sven Ulreich, with the Wolves eventually battling back to share the spoils.
bundesliga.com caught up with Bayern centre-back Mats Hummels after the final whistle to get his thoughts on Manuel Neuer's understudy, and what threat Paris Saint-Germain pose in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday…
Question: Mats Hummels, Bayern drew 2-2 after taking a 2-0 lead. How do you explain such a game?
Hummels: We have to look at the goal to make it 2-1 separately from any other tactical factors. After that goal we had big chances and could have made it 3-1. We really wanted to put more pressure on and get the game under control again. We pressed hard but our combinations weren't at 100 per cent and Wolfsburg could get free. Wolfsburg had two big chances, maximum. In the 90th minute I had a great chance to make it 3-2, but it didn't happen. We were punished and it's somewhat justified.
Question: Do you now need to build up Ulreich's confidence?
Hummels: I don't think so. I've played against him since I was 12. We all make mistakes, I make mistakes. Sometimes you give a chance away or concede a goal. He played really well at Schalke [a 3-0 win on Matchday 5] and also earlier in the season. Of course, it's annoying for him and for us, but that happens in football. On Tuesday he was rightly praised. Today, the goal for 2-1 was a bitter thing. We'll certainly build him up a bit, but he doesn't need it that much.
Question: This should have been a good rehearsal for the game against PSG in the Champions League…
Hummels: No, it should have nothing to do with Paris at all. We wanted to get three points in the Bundesliga. It is totally unrelated to what comes on Wednesday.
Question: How do you feel the team are playing before this important game in the Champions League?
Hummels: Today we weren't so good. We looked much better in the last two games, against Mainz [a 4-0 win on Matchday 4] and Schalke. Even if it wasn't perfect against Schalke, Ulreich saved our asses a few times. We could have played closer together [against Wolfsburg], but at least we played with a lot of commitment. We'll see how we tackle the game on Wednesday. Maybe we'll play a little bit differently tactically.
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Question: After starting the season with two wins in the Bundesliga [over Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen], there was a loss to Hoffenheim [2-0 on Matchday 3]. This was followed by two convincing wins, but now there was a setback against Wolfsburg. Where are Bayern currently?
Hummels: This is everyday business. In the last two games we were approaching the level we want. Today we were a bit further away. If we play a great game again on Wednesday everything will be alright again. Of course you can say that we've not always played the way we want, but it's not all bad.
Question: Is Wednesday's game more difficult with it being in Paris?
Hummels: An away game in Paris is one of the five hardest games in Europe, and therefore the world. This will definitely be a very difficult task which we'll approach with the right motivation and attitude. Such a game can hang on the smallest things - let's see what's going to happen on Wednesday.
Question: With what mood do you go to the Oktoberfest on Saturday?
Hummels: We're all disappointed, of course, but the mood will be different again on Saturday. We're probably already looking ahead to Paris. But since I don't drink too much beer anyway it doesn't change much for me.
Maximilian Lotz reporting from Munich