Lahm wants Bayern to rediscover aggressive edge

Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:20am EDT
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BERLIN (Reuters) - Champions Bayern Munich need to find their edge again if they are to challenge for trophies this season, captain Philipp Lahm said as they prepare to face Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday in the Bundesliga after the break for international matches.

Bayern dropped their first points of the season in their previous match, a draw against Cologne, following five straight wins.

That came just days after their first loss of the season, against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

"What is clear is that we need to improve if we are to challenge for all titles," Lahm said.

"We must improve our aggressiveness because that has been our trademark in the past few years, to show the opponent they cannot get anything against us. We need to do that better."

Few, however, will be betting against a record-extending fifth straight Bundesliga title, with Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery also gradually hitting top form after injury breaks.

Especially 33-year-old French winger Ribery, fighting for a contract renewal, has enjoyed a fine start to the season, having scored twice and set up another five goals in the league.

"They are both showing what quality they have," Lahm said of the pair, nicknamed "Robbery".

"They have the experience and have been playing at top level for years. They are winners."   Continued...

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Bayern Munich's Philipp Lahm in action
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