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Blame players for Bayern slump, says Lahm

Bayern Munich defender Philipp Lahm has urged fans to blame the players for the club's disappointing form.

Bayern have won only two of their first six Bundesliga matches and are already ten points adrift of league leaders Mainz, who won 2-1 at the Allianz Arena at the weekend.

Club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has defended coach Louis van Gaal and questioned the players and Germany full-back Lahm is in full agreement.

"We have too many players who are performing below their level," he told the Bild newspaper. "If you play like that, then you cannot beat such a euphoric team like Mainz."

Rummenigge has ordered the team to "turn the corner" in tonight's Champions League tie with Basle, a game which Lahm says is now the most important game of the season.

Defeat in Switzerland would increase the media intensity on a club not used to failure.

"We cannot allow that to happen," said Lahm. "We have got to ensure we find our true form immediately. It is going to be really tough for us now to make up this ten-point deficit on Mainz and that is not what we wanted."

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