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Heynckes expected below-par Bayern

Dec 19, 2012 9:01 AM GMT

Goals from Mario Gomez and Xherdan Shaqiri either side of half-time secured the win for the Bundesliga leaders, despite Bayern going down to 10 men with the sending off of Franck Ribery.

"We knew it would be extremely tough," Heynckes told the club's official website.

"It's the last match of the year. The players have already moved on mentally.

"We didn't play well in the first half. In particular, our switching from defence to attack malfunctioned. We've had a lot of matches so far this season, and you have to accept you'll have an off day."

Despite Ribery being handed his marching orders in the 47th minute for slapping Ja-Cheol Koo, Bayern were able to close out the victory, but Heynckes remained critical of the France international's behaviour.

"The red card was the result of provocation, but there's no disputing the decision," he said.

"FC Bayern players have to brush that kind of thing off.

"We were much better in defence after the substitutions, and I knew we'd always be a threat on the break.

"Overall I'm very satisfied, because we've been outstanding for long periods in the first half of the season. It can't go better than this."