Bayern's Nerlinger targets top-two finish

23 November 2010 06:51
Bayern Munich's sporting director Christian Nerlinger has urged his team to ensure automatic qualification for next season's Champions League by finishing in the top two in the Bundesliga. Reigning champions Bayern currently trail Borussia Dortmund by 14 points and Nerlinger accepts that his club may be unable to retain their title. He told Bild: "It is clear that you cannot talk about the title at this moment in time being 14 points in arrears. Our principal focus now is to qualify automatically for the Champions League. "We absolutely have to reach second place in the Bundesliga. There is a certain air of concern around the club, but I remain confident that we will attain this goal." Meanwhile, Franck Ribery has reacted to suggestions from head coach Louis van Gaal that he did not try his hardest in a recent reserves game against Unterhaching, as the French forward continues his recovery from long-term injury. He told Sky: "I was very disappointed to see this in the press. I would have preferred that he told me directly. "I do my best to do everything possible to be fit again, but if the coach always criticises, if he pulls me down time and time again, it is difficult."

Source: ESA

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