Hamburg face Bayern backlash, warns Hoeness

The Bavarians lost their first league match last weekend, and while their president is on amicable terms with die Rothosen's CEO, he warned that his side are ready to bounce back

Uli Hoeness has claimed that Hamburg will be facing Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga at the worst possible time following their late defeat to Bayer Leverkusen.

The Bavarians gifted their opponents a 2-1 victory after Jerome Boateng's own goal at the death ended their unbeaten start to the league campaign, but now must attempt to make amends against die Rothosen, who have won three of their last four matches.

Hamburg CEO Carl Jarchow invited Hoeness to the Imtech Arena, the venue of Saturday's clash, to discuss footballing matters, and the Bayern president was in a spirited mood in the wake of their exchange when speaking to reporters the following morning.

"It's unlucky for Hamburg that we lost last week," he said. "I have great sympathy for them but we cannot back off because of the defeat against Leverkusen."

Hoeness then discussed his club's chances of triumphing in the Champions League and vowed that they will not spend beyond their means in their pursuit of the continental trophy.

"Football will survive as a source of entertainment and fun," he added. "Sure we want to win the Champions League, but only on a commercially reasonable basis."