Bayern were comprehensively beaten at the Allianz Arena on Saturday, falling 2-0 behind inside 15 minutes on their way to a 3-0 reverse. The defending champions have now failed to win in their last four matches in all competitions - having lost away to Hertha Berlin either side of home draws with Augsburg and UEFA Champions League Group E rivals Ajax - and trail Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund by four points going into the October international break.
Despite a worrying period of form, Hummels remains convinced that there is light at the end of the tunnel...
Watch: Mats Hummels discusses Bayern's mini form slump
bundesliga.com: Mats Hummels, it’s not often Bayern lose 3-0 in Munich. What’s the atmosphere like in the dressing room after a game like that?
Mats Hummels: Obviously we weren’t happy with how we played, but you get results like these when the opposition are so effective and we’re not. It happens sometimes, but we shouldn’t be losing 3-0 at home.
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Hummels: The problem was we had the ball, but we had it in harmless areas with too many players occupying ineffective positions. We didn’t have enough players in the areas to hurt our opposition. Since I’ve been at Bayern, this has happened every now and then. And it gets brought up, even now. In theory, Niko Kovac wants to implement a slightly different approach, but we fall back into old patterns, especially when we’re behind. It hinders our game.
bundesliga.com: What happens now, when nearly everyone is on international duty?
Hummels: We’ve got a bit of time to prepare, because we’re back on the Wednesday and play on the Saturday. And we’ve got plenty of time to look at the video analysis and see what’s not working. And then we’ll put this phase that we’ve gone through in late September-early October in each of my three years at Bayern behind us.
Hummels: We’ll see in the weeks ahead. Last season after Matchday 7, we were five points behind Dortmund. It’s swings and roundabouts. We’ve always said things can change quickly - in any direction. At the moment, teams are getting the rub of the green and we’re not, then you fall behind. But we also know that we weren’t just unlucky against Gladbach and Ajax, we also weren’t at our usual level.
bundesliga.com: What are your thoughts going into the international break?
Hummels: We’ve all won and lost our fair share, we won’t drive ourselves up the wall thinking about it. We know there are things we have to improve and that we’re not playing well. But it’s not the case that we don’t think we can make a marked improvement in our play, because we know we can.