Munich - In the aftermath of Bayern Munich's surprise Champions League defeat to BATE Borisov in Minsk, the powers that be have wasted little time dispensing with the whys and wherefores in a bid to move on quickly

While head coach Jupp Heynckes and director of sport Matthias Sammer remained tight-lipped at the post-match banquet, CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge summarised that, "There's no point in being overly critical" - although the manner in which his beloved club closed out their nine-match winning streak clearly struck a despondant chord.

"Want to make amends"


"Without doubt, the defeat hurts", said a sombre Rummenigge. As a result of it, Bayern will go into the first leg of their crucial double-header against OSC Lille (23 October/ 7 November) third in Group F, behind FC BATE and Valencia. "The team will get back on course and qualify for the last 16", Rummenigge asserted.

Goals from Alexander Pavlov, Vitali Rodijonov and Renan Bressan put paid to Bayern's hopes of taking their victory roll into double figures. And as they prepared to take their leave of the Belarusian capital, the Munich team's players were themselves far more openly critical of their below-par display.

"Not aggressive enough"


Captain Phillipp Lahm bemoaned his side's "lack of consistency in attack." Indeed, they may have been looking at an altogether different result had Toni Kroos managed to stick away the opening goal after rounding the goalkeeper in the thirteenth minute. "We have to be able to dig ourselves out of a hole after going behind," Lahm added.

On the night though, as BATE's ex-Stuttgart midfielder Aleksandr Hleb observed, Bayern "panicked" at 1-0 down, while Holger Badstuber noted how his team "weren't aggressive enough" and criticised their inability to keep hold of the ball. "We had to chase back possession, and that wasn't good".

"Strong enough to cope"


Bayern will now be expected to deliver a response on the rebound when they face 1899 Hoffenheim at the weekend. "It's important not to get hung up on this defeat. We've got to go out full throttle against Hoffenheim and win", said Rummenigge with an eye on Saturday's match. "I believe we're strong enough to cope", said Lahm.

The Bayern players will finally make an appearance at the annual Oktoberfest on Sunday, once the Matchday 7 business is concluded. "We know what we've done already this season and we have to show that against Hoffenheim again - then we can go to Oktoberfest with our heads held high", affirmed keeper Manuel Neuer.