Klinsmann insists Bayern must build on Fiorentina win

Bayern Munich took a large step towards the last sixteen of the Champions League with a 3-0 home win over Fiorentina on Tuesday night and coach Jürgen Klinsmann says they must now build on the victory.

Klinsmann insists Bayern must build on Fiorentina win
Klinsi thinks things are going in the right direction. Photo: DPA

Germany striker Miroslav Klose put Bayern ahead after four minutes then midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger scored a spectacular net-buster on 25 minutes before Brazilian Ze Roberto made it 3-0 on 90 minutes.

The three points meant Bayern top Group F with seven points, from second-placed Lyon on five, and puts the German giants in pole-position to reach the first knock-out phase, while Fiorentina are third in the table.

“The victory was very, very important and gives us lift, but we must build on this,” said a relieved Klinsmann. “We knew Fiorentina are a very strong, attacking team and had their chances to score a goal or two. We have to consistently reach that level and we hope we will just get better and better. I never doubted we would get to this level.”

But Bayern rode their luck against a spirited Fiorentina side as Azzurri forward Alberto Gilardino squandered two golden opportunities just after the break. And having picked up their first league win in four games last weekend, Bayern again showed they are weak in defence as goalkeeper Michael Rensing looked anything but secure on occasion.

“You can see again the Bayern defence is susceptible,” said Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer.

Bayern were still impressive in the first half as Bastian Schweinsteiger capitalised on a mistake in the Fiorentina defence to hit a fantastic long-range strike.

“It doesn’t get much better than that,” admitted an impressed Beckenbauer.

But with Romania striker Adrian Mutu and Azzurri hot-shot Gilardino in their ranks, Fiorentina failed to find the net despite 23 shots on goal – compared to Bayern’s 15 – which disappointed Gilardino.

“It is a disappointing result, Bayern were very strong in the first 25 minutes, but we wasted too many chances in front of goal which is disappointing,” said Gilardino. “This isn’t where we want to be in the table, but we still have to prove ourselves.”

With three games left for both teams there is still all to play for in the return leg on November 5 when the two sides meet at Fiorentina’s Artemio Franchi stadium.

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EXPLAINED: The Covid rules for attending German football matches

The German Bundesliga kicks off on Friday evening with a match in Mönchengladbach. Here's a run-down of the Covid rules for football fans itching to join the crowds at the stadium.

EXPLAINED: The Covid rules for attending German football matches
Crowds cheer at a match between FC Kaiserslautern and Borussia Mönchengladbach, on August 9th, 2021. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Uwe Anspach

All eyes will be on Mönchengladbach this evening as the Bundesliga season kicks off with a match against reigning champions Bayern Munich – and this time, a crowd will be present in the stadium.

READ ALSO: German football fans get green light to return to stadiums next season

With several states liberalising their rules for public gatherings in recent months, many football fans are looking forward to enjoying a lively atmosphere at football matches once more. 

There’s just one problem: there are different rules for different stadiums. Here’s what you need to know about the Covid rules before you book your ticket for any of the upcoming fixtures. 

How many fans are allowed in the stadiums? 

According to a recent decision by the federal and state governments, football stadiums around the country are allowed to fill half of their seats and sell up to 25,000 tickets to fans. 

Of course, how much this limit affects the overall atmosphere – and the football clubs’ bottoms lines – depends on the capacity of the stadium. In Borussia Dortmund this weekend, the full 25,000 tickets have been sold – but that only equates to 30 percent of the stadium’s full capacity.

READ ALSO: German football: Which Bundesliga club should I support?

Meanwhile, in the stadium owned by Berlin’s FC Union, selling just 11,000 tickets is enough to fill half of the available seats. 

What do I need to show to get in? 

That really depends on the stadium in question, although in general anyone over the age of six will need to show a negative test or proof of vaccination or recovery – the so-called ‘3G’ rule – to enter the grounds. But other clubs, such as FC Cologne, have decided to only permit people who are vaccinated or recovered to attend matches from August 28th onwards – with exceptions for people who can’t get vaccinated, like children and pregnant woman.

At Mönchengladbach’s Borussia Park stadium, however, unvaccinated fans can enter with a negative test, though visitors who’ve stayed in a high-risk or virus variant area over the past two weeks will be unable to enter – along with people who’ve had recent contact with someone who has Covid. 

If you want to see action like this at FC Cologne’s stadium, you’ll need to get your Covid jabs sorted first. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/dpa-Zentralbild | Robert Michael

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund has taken a middle ground. While the 3G rule applies in principle, only 1,000 of the available 25,000 tickets will be sold to people who are providing a negative test. The remaining 24,000 seats will only be available for those who are vaccinated against – or recently recovered from – Covid. 

If you’re not vaccinated and are keen to see a match, it’s worth checking on your local club’s website beforehand or sending them an email to double-check whether you will be allowed in. 

What else do I need to know about? 

You’ll need to bring a FPP2 mask with you to matches to wear in your seat and while heading to the bathroom or bar, and also observe social distancing rules – meaning staying 1.5 metres apart from your fellow fans.

In most states, you’ll also need to provide your contact details, which will be saved by the club and potentially passed on to local health authorities in order to monitor a potential Covid outbreak. 

Will these rules continue throughout the season?

That’s still an open question. If infection rates in Germany continue to rise or high-profile superspreading events occur at future matches, the government could potentially crack down further on sports events in autumn.

This could involve limiting the seat numbers even further, or (more controversially), introducing a ‘vaccinated-only’ rule for entering stadiums. 

READ ALSO: Should Germany bring in Covid restrictions for unvaccinated people only?

A recent outbreak of Covid in the Mainz football team has also dampened celebrations slightly in the run-up to the start of the Bundesliga – leaving club owners urgently calling for both fans and footballers to get vaccinated. 

Speaking to WDR ahead of the season’s start, FC Cologne’s managing director Alexander Wehrle said widespread vaccination was the best route back to normality – a message reiterated by Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann.