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With Champions League hopes dashed, Bayern set for overhaul

With Champions League hopes dashed, Bayern set for overhaul

Bayern Munich's sporting director Uli Hoeness plans to make sweeping changes at his team after its hopes of reaching next season's Champions League were all but dashed with a second straight defeat on Saturday.
"It's obvious that this team is going to be completely changed," Hoeness said after the 2-1 loss to Hamburg SV left it seven points behind Werder Bremen in the race for third place and the Champions League with three matches left.
"Our fans aren't going to have to see this team any more. We're not going to put up with this any longer.
"A lot of players had their chances but didn't use them and they don't deserve another one. We're working hard to put together a new team that doesn't have anything to do with this one, a team that will be playing for the championship from the outset.
"We've got enough money," Hoeness said on Saturday. "We're buying quality. We've been very industrious."
Bayern has won seven of the last 10 Bundesliga championships but will most likely miss the Champions League for the first time since 1996.
The loss to HSV was Bayern's 10th in 31 matches this season. Bayern is still likely to play in the UEFA Cup.
Hoeness did not reveal any names of players he felt should go but Claudia Pizarro, Hasam Salihamidzic, Mehmet Scholl, Owen Hargreaves, Roque Santa Cruz, Julio dos Santos, Ali Karimi and Christian Lell are confirmed or likely to leave. Martin Demichelis, Roy Makaay and Daniel van Buyten are also on thin ice.
"If I were to say what I'm thinking the club would have to suspend me," said captain Oliver Kahn after Bayern gave up two late goals to HSV. "I'm afraid to lose my job so I had better not say anything."
Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said his team was in danger of a meltdown.
"The situation is dangerous. The whole team can fall apart."


Updated : 2021-01-23 01:16 GMT+08:00