SCHUSTER: “WE DIDN’T EMBARRASS OURSELVES”
10 September 2016
On Matchday 2 of the Bundesliga season, FC Augsburg slipped to their first defeat of the league season and their first competitive defeat under new manager Dirk Schuster.
With both sides coming into the tie on the back of victories on the opening day of the season, against Mainz and RB Leipzig respectively, the stakes were high as Bayern maintained their winning start to the Bundesliga campaign.
Goals from Robert Lewandowski and Franck Ribery were enough to hand the reigning Champions the three points and for Dirk Schuster, coming up against Bayern for the first time as FCA manager, there is no side set to challenge Carlo Ancelotti’s side for a fifth successive Bundesliga title this year. ”They are by far the best team in this division. There are some very competitive sides in this league, like your Dortmund’s and your Leverkusen’s, but they don’t have world class players in every position and for one of them to challenge Bayern for the title this year is going to be extremely hard and unlikely.”
In a tight first half, Augsburg managed to hold Bayern for 41 minutes before Robert Lewandowski was given a clear effort on goal and the Polish forward made no mistakes in slotting the ball past Marwin Hitz in the home sides goal. ”It was a very good finish and we just let our concentration slip for that one second and they punished us and that is something you just cannot do against this level of opposition.”
The prolific forward turned provider for Bayern’s second as he was allowed to reach the by-line before dinking the ball to Frenchman Ribery who volleyed home to secure the 2-0 win.
Schuster, though was positive about his side’s performance and claimed that he saw plenty of positives. ”I thought we defended very well against a brilliant side and made them have to think hard about how to break us down. We looked deadly on the few chances we got to break at them, and if we can find the right balance between those two levels of performance against the other teams in this league we can have a good season. We didn’t embarrass ourselves and we gave ourselves a fighting chance and at this stage in our development against this quality of opposition that is all we can ask for.”