Bayern Munich interim head coach Willy Sagnol believes the reigning Bundesliga champions "are no longer the strongest team in Germany" following his side's 2-2 draw away to Hertha Berlin on Matchday 7.
Sagnol, who was assistant to the recently departed Carlo Ancelotti, was speaking at the post-match press conference after watching Bayern let a two-goal lead slip for a second successive league game – the first time that has happened in the club's history.
"We had lots of chances that we didn't take," Sagnol added. We needed to play with more focus. When a team goes 2-0 up in any game, it should not be possible that they end up drawing 2-2. I believe Carlo Ancelotti was a very good leader for the team, and players were sad to see him go. Now we have to work together more. We have the quality, but sometimes in football, you need more than just that."
The Hertha stalemate continued a disappointing recent run of results for Bayern, who lost 2-0 to Hoffenheim on Matchday 3, drew 2-2 with Wolfsburg on Matchday 6 and also suffered a 3-0 reverse away to Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League – the game that ultimately cost Ancelotti his job.
Bayern are now on 14 points, five behind early leaders Borussia Dortmund.
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