Van Gaal defiant as Bayern hammer Hamburg

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal could not resist a dig back at the German media after his side smashed their losing streak with a 6-0 hammering of Hamburg on Saturday.

Updated: March 13, 2011 10:29 IST
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Munich: Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal could not resist a dig back at the German media after his side smashed their losing streak with a 6-0 hammering of Hamburg on Saturday.

Three consecutive defeats -- by German league leaders Dortmund, Schalke in the German cup and Hanover -- had left Munich reeling and van Gaal was told last Monday his contract will be terminated at the end of the season.

After the Dutchman was effectively shown the door by Bayern, the German media poked fun at the egotistical van Gaal, but the German giants produced an impressive display to silence their critics.

Bayern roared back as Dutch winger Arjen Robben bagged a hat-trick, Germany's Thomas Mueller scored and Frenchman Franck Ribery netted twice after an own goal by Hamburg's Heiko Westermann was later credited to him.

Van Gaal was understandably buoyed by the success with holders Inter Milan the next guests at Munich's Allianz Arena on Tuesday in the Champions League Round of 16 second-leg clash.

"Who would have thought this, eh? Certainly not my friends from the media, but that is football," gloated van Gaal.

"In the beginning, we played well and we could have gone into the half-time break behind. Fortunately, that didn't happen and I am very glad we put in a good performance. This is a good preparation for Inter Milan."

Bayern started strongly at Munich's Allianz Arena and hit the woodwork three times in the first half.

After his side were played off the park, Hamburg coach Armin Veh -- who announced on Tuesday he is resigning at the end of the season -- refused to quit, but faces a crisis meeting on Sunday with his team eighth in the league.

"I can't explain exactly what went wrong," said Veh.

"We made it hard for Bayern and could have taken the lead, but Bayern played very well to take the lead.

"But the fact we allowed ourselves to be hit on the counter-attack is hard for me to understand.

"We need to switch on, I don't know how things will go now, but I will not resign."

Schalke 04 eased the pressure on coach Felix Magath, after last week's reports he is set to be fired, with a 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Royal Blues booked their place in the Champions League quarter-finals last week, but club bosses have neither confirmed or denied the reports and there were plenty of banners in support of Magath at the Veltins Arena.

Spain's Raul earned his side a first-half penalty, which was netted by Jose Manuel Jurado, before Greek defender Georgios Tzavellas equalised in the second half.

Greek striker Angelos Charisteas scored the winner in the 84th minute -- 52 seconds after coming off the bench.

Magath was in bullish mood after his side's victory when asked who he thinks will be coach of Scalke next season.

"Me! Who else?!" he insisted on Sky television.

After suffering only his third defeat of the season, Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp was in relaxed mood despite his side's 1-0 loss at Hoffenheim.

Dortmund maintain a 12-point lead at the top of the table, despite the reverse, as second-placed Leverkusen play Mainz on Sunday.

"This game was predestined for such a result," said Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp.

""We were better in nearly all areas, but we didn't make it count.

"Our approach to the game was right, so I am not worried by our first defeat of the year."

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