Mats Hummels says Bayern Munich have no reason to panic after falling to a second successive Bundesliga defeat of the season at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach.
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.
bundesliga.com: Gladbach’s Christoph Kramer said Bayern were a little dispirited, and not the dominant Bayern team we all know...
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 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.