Hollerbach: We gave Bayern space to play

Hamburger SV head coach Bernd Hollerbach admitted that their Bundesliga clash with FC Bayern Munchen was over as a contest very early on.

Hollerbach’s side afforded far too much space to the Champions-elect, where Franck Ribery opened the scoring at the Allianz Arena on just eight minutes en route to a 6-0 hammering.

Robert Lewandowski (12′, 19′) then scored two in quick succession ahead of 55th minute strike from Arjen Robben, a second goal from Ribery on 81 minutes, and a hat-trick goal from Lewandowski from the penalty spot late on.

After the game, a disappointed Hollerbach said: “We wanted to play calmly and press early.

“These things happen if you give Bayern space. The game was over after 18 minutes.

“You have to be more awkward if you want to take something away here.

“I wasn’t satisfied with the way we lost. It wasn’t the case in the matches before this one. You don’t need to complain then.”

Hamburg captain Gotoku Sakai added: “It wasn’t enough from the start. We have no excuses, me included. We conceded easy goals.

“It’s unacceptable in the Bundesliga. We had ambitious plans, we wanted to turn in a different display. We’re sorry for the fans.”

The result leaves Hamburg in the relegation zone in 17th, with 18 points from 26 games, and seven points from safety.

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