Heynckes unhappy with ‘arrogant’ Bayern

Jupp Heynckes blasted his Bayern Munich players on Saturday after their narrow 1-0 win over 10-man Hamburg.

Bayern drew level with Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga thanks to Corentin Tolisso’s second-half goal in a game that saw Hamburg reduced to 10 men shortly before half time.

Yet Heynckes was not pleased, the veteran coach accusing his team of being “a little bit too arrogant” in the first period.

He was happier with the second-half showing, but criticised his side’s wastefulness.

“I was pleased with the second half because we created a great deal of chances, but we have to convert these — if it’s 2-0 the game is over,” he said.

“After the break we played better, especially towards the end when we had four clear chances, and if you score the 2-0 then you are on the road to victory. However, we were nervy right up until the final minute.”

He also defended his team selection after making five changes from the team that faced Celtic in the Champions League midweek.

“They are all internationals (Niklas Sule, Rafinha, Arturo Vidal, James Rodriguez and Tolisso) – four current international players, plus Rafinha who, in my opinion, has become a much better player the last few years,” said Heynckes.

“But the team has never played together in this formation and you have to practice all these things in training to gain harmony and to be a cohesive block – and that wasn’t the case in the first half.”