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Bayern coach says he has 'cissies' on team

AFP/The Local · 17 Apr 2010, 14:51

Published: 17 Apr 2010 14:51 GMT+02:00

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Bayern shocked Manchester United to reach the Champions League's semi-finals a fortnight ago and now takes on Lyon at Munich's Allianz Arena on Wednesday in the first leg of Europe's most lucrative domestic competition.

They host Hanover in the Bundesliga on Saturday evening, but van Gaal, who is in his first season in charge, says his side has a few weak links.

"I hope our desire is stronger than the fatigue, but the body is not as strong as the spirit," said van Gaal.

"And we have a few cissies here," he added, without naming players.

Bayern leads the Bundesliga with four games to go, and is through to the German Cup final against Werder Bremen on May 15, while bidding for a place in the Champions League final on May 22.

"We're in a great position," said Dutch winger Arjen Robben.

"We've had three outstanding weeks, but we'd better stay on our guard, because we've won nothing yet."

Van Gaal gave his side a rare two-day break at the start of last week, but says his side faces several weeks of pressure if it is to win all three trophies.

"Expectations are running too high," warned the coach.

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"What we've achieved so far is unbelievable, but we're not the best team in Europe. We want to be, but we're not yet."

Both 21-year-old defender Holger Badstuber and Thomas Müller, 20, have both impressed during their first season in the Bayern first-team, but are showing signs of fatigue having played their way into contention for World Cup places.

Badstuber is expected to be rested for Saturday's Bundesliga game against Hanover with Diego Contento, 20, set to deputise.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

16:10 April 17, 2010 by twisted
I believe the proper spelling is "sissies." Webster defines a sissy as "an effeminate man or boy; also a timid or cowardly person. I find no word cissie, but I am only using an old Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary.

Which particular player or players is Mr. Louis van Gaal referring to? I am sure, once identification is made, morale of the team will improve significantly....oder?
16:19 April 17, 2010 by The Local Germany
16:41 April 17, 2010 by twisted
I stand corrected.
17:53 April 17, 2010 by TerryM
I thought the same thing. I guess that I learned something new today. ;-)
20:15 April 17, 2010 by wxman
For the sake of consistency, I'm sure we can expect to always see colour for color and humour for humor, crisps for chips, boot for trunk, etc., etc.
01:07 April 18, 2010 by Beynch
First of all, as someone points out above, it's `sissies` (with an S). Also, van Gaal's outburst is very unbecoming. He may even be one of those who every Saturday night slips into black fishnet pantyhose(WITH seams), false eye lashes, and lipstick. And if he doesn't, he should try it some time. He doesn't know what he's missing. It'll make make him a better man! I want to see te entire Bundesliga run out on the field in high heels some time. It would be precious.
13:35 April 18, 2010 by Joshontour
So the local checks the comments made about their writing, and sometimes answers. In case you are looking, here is my question. The link you provided for 'cissy' says it is the "British variant of sissy." Since Britain makes up one of the smallest demographics of the English speaking world; why not use standard English when writing your stories?
10:44 April 19, 2010 by Essertpitay
Try "effiminate"...
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