Bayern enjoying life as European underdogs
MUNICH, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Bayern Munich are not about to give up the self-deprecating tag of Champions League outsiders even after beating Inter Milan to first place in Group B.
A 1-1 draw with the Italians at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday was enough to keep them two points clear at the end of the first phase, while sending Inter through in second spot.
Bayern were unbeaten in their six games, winning the first three before easing off slightly to draw the rest.
At all times they looked confident in defence and while they sometimes lacked inspiration in attack they had moments of brilliance from Claudio Pizarro, with four goals, Bastian Schweinsteiger (two) and Roy Makaay, scorer of a fine goal against Inter on Tuesday.
Bayern won the European Cup for the fourth time in 2001 against Valencia but since then they have failed to get beyond the quarter-finals.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the Bayern chairman, has gone on record as saying the greater financial resources of clubs from Spain, Italy and England means his team now have no chance of winning the competition.
A good performance against Inter, who needed a last minute goal from Patrick Vieira to snatch a point on Tuesday, has not changed his mind.
'We are certainly not among the favourites,' Rummenigge told reporters. 'Barcelona are in that role, while Real Madrid have a good team again and AC Milan are not to be sneezed at.
'A touch of humility is good for us, although we should be able to compete with some of the teams.'
While Inter fielded a weakened team on Tuesday, Bayern coach Felix Magath showed how much he wanted to claim first place by choosing his best side.
Magath was satisfied at getting the job done but warned there would be no easy path to the quarter-finals when the draw for the second round is made on December 15.
'We have an advantage in that we will play the second leg at home,' Magath said at his news conference. 'There are no easy options, though, especially when you look at possible opponents like Barcelona, Real Madrid and Roma.'