Matthias Sammer blasts Bayern Munich's performance after narrow win over Werder Bremen

Bayern Munich’s sporting director Matthias Sammer has slammed his team’s performance after they scraped past Werder Bremen on Saturday.

Late goals from Luiz Gustavo and Mario Mandzukic spared Bayern’s blushes and ensured they remained top of the Bundesliga, but Sammer warned his troops that they will have no parade to Munich’s city hall if they do not up their game in their upcoming fixtures.

“We have to take care that we don’t embrace and enjoy it too much! We can step out on a balcony somewhere in Munich, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to get the trophy,” he told Sportsbild.

“We weren’t really awake and aggressive. What we did before our first goal was too little, that’s for sure. There was a lack of movement, that has to be said.“

Sammer’s comments were echoed by the Bavarians’ coach Jupp Heynckes, who admitted he was disappointed in what he saw as a lack of effort from his players.

“It’s not always possible to dominate the opponent but we showed too little spirit, the players strained my patience,” he said.

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Eintracht Frankfurt came from behind to beat Freiburg 2-1 at the Commerzbank Arena and closed the gap between themselves and Bayern Munich to just two points.

The visitors perhaps had the better of the first half, with Julian Schuster, Daniel Caligiuri and Jonathan Scmid all squandering decent opportunities, although Pirmin Schwegler and Takashi Inui both forced decent saves from Oliver Baumann in the Freiburg goal.

Just minutes after the restart, though, Christian Streich’s side took a shock lead, with Max Kruse capitalising on some confusion in the Frankfurt box to open the scoring. However, the lead lasted just 20 minutes. Alexander Meier levelled up the match with a brilliant volley from the edge of the area.

Five minutes later, the comeback was complete, and Meier was the hero once more, heading home a Bastian Oczipka corner. Karim Guede, on from the bench, received a late red card to make things worse for the visitors, who now sit in 14th place.

'We must be top at the end' – Xherdan Shaqiri urges Bayern Munich to keep their focus

Xherdan Shaqiri has urged his Bayern Munich team-mates to keep focused after their superb start to the season.

The Bavarian giants maintained their 100 per cent record in the Bundesliga with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Werder Bremen, while they saw off Valencia 2-1 in their opening Champions League encounter.

Switzerland starlet Shaqiri is thrilled at the way his side have begun the campaign after the disappointment of last term, but has warned that they must not lose their concentration in the coming weeks.

When asked if they would win the title on their current form, he told “Of course I hope so, but there is still a long way to go.

“At the moment, things are going well. We are top of the table and things are looking good, but we all know how quickly things can change in football. This is just how things stand at the moment.

“Of course the statistics look positive, but what is important for us is that we are top at the end. For that to happen, we have to keep our concentration and keep working as we have been doing so far. We have the Champions League again in a few days and so the next game is always on the horizon.”

Bayern were struggling to break down a resilient Bremen side until Shaqiri’s introduction, and the former Basel winger was delighted to have made an impact for die Roten, stating that a sheer determination to clinch all three points ultimately proved decisive.

“A will to win made the difference in the end,” he said. “In the first half, there was a lack of clear opportunities on both sides. It was also tough to create chances because Bremen were very defensive. In the second half, we wanted to change things and of course we are delighted that we scored two goals without conceding any.

“When I am on the pitch, I always want to give my best and give everything for the team. I think all the players feel the same.

“Every game is emotional when you win. It was hard graft in Bremen, but in the end we were more clinical than they were.”

Hitzfeld backs Bayern Munich for Champions League glory

Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has labelled Bayen Munich one of the favourites to win the Champions League, and stated that the Bavarians are capable of dethroning Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

The 63-year-old expects Die Roten to make up for last season’s disappointment by delivering silverware come the end of the season.

“I think Bayern belong to the big favorites to win the Chamions League, because they’re stronger this season than last term,” Hitzfeld told Welt.

“They will also conquer the Bundesliga this season. The strength in depth is excellent. Bayern can win 5-10% more games than they did last season.

“[Bastian] Schweinsteiger’s intelligence of play is of the highest quality. He’s the spirit of the team, and belongs with the best in the world.”

Indeed, the Bavarian giants sit pretty at the top of the German championship after an impressive run of six consecutive wins, and are seven points clear of champions Dortmund.

“No one can do better than Heynckes right now. He’ll continue training them next year, I’m sure.”

Jupp Heynckes: Strong words were said at half-time

Bayern Munich defeated Werder Bremen 2-0 in a tight Bundesliga clash to maintain their perfect record, which now stretches to nine games.

The victory did not come easy, though, as the Bavarians only clinched the three points late in the game, much to the disappointment of their trainer Jupp Heynckes. The retired striker revealed that he had a lot to say to his players at half-time, but made clear that he was delighted with the result.

“We slowed things down too much in the first half. The players tested my patience a little too much, but at the end of the day, it was enough to beat a strong Bremen side,” the coach told Bayern Munich’s official website.

“I had to use some strong language at half-time.”

Summer signings, Luiz Gustavo and Mario Mandzukic, found the net to give Bayern all three points. The Brazilian was pleased to get on the score sheet, but more encouraged by the win, stating that, “the opening goal helped us a lot, because we were in control again after that.”

Bayern Munich next play BATE in the Champions League group stages on Tuesday afternoon.