Neuer laments lack of precision

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Bayern Munchen goalkeeper Manuel Neuer believes they have no-one but themselves to blame following their 1-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

The Bavarian giants suffered first loss of the league campaign the Signal Iduna Park on Saturday, courtesy of a strike by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The result also saw them relinquish position at the summit of the standings for the first time in 425 days.

“I was not looking at the standings before the game, but now we have to pay attention again,” he told the DFB’s official website.

“It is very unfortunate that we lost in Dortmund, but we have ourselves to blame for that.

“It is not just this defeat, but also the draws we recorded recently, where we gave away victories.”

Carlo Ancelotti’s side are now three points behind surprise leaders, RB Leipzig and Neuer says that they failed to convert their opportunities.

“We often had the lead but then gave the game out of hands and dropped points – especially our games against Koln, in Frankfurt and against Hoffenheim come to mind,” he added.

“We had opportunities to collect a result here against a very strong Dortmund team.

“Obviously they know what we are capable of doing. They defended with five men at the back and their full backs pushed up when in possession.”

“For one, we lacked precision in our final pass. But I also think our set pieces were part of the reason.

“The correct approach plays a big part here. In those situations, you have to say to yourself: ‘I am going to go there and score a goal now’.

“Like Medhi Benatia or Daniel van Buyten, who always used to go up for set pieces believing that they would score a goal. We are lacking that a bit,” he concluded.

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