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Possible silver lining of Germany debacle: Bayern Munich might be “particularly hungry”

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In an interview with Sport Bild, Werder Bremen defender Ludwig Augustinsson warned that Germany’s embarrassing loss to Spain could make Bayern Munich a bit more fired up when the two Bundesliga squads square-off this weekend.

“If you suffer a defeat like that, you want to do better in the next game,” said Augustinsson. “You are a top player and you have the right mentality. I am sure: you will take this as motivation and will be particularly hungry on Saturday!”

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Manuel Neuer is one of several Bayern Munich players who might be playing to prove a point this weekend.
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If Augustinsson is correct, it could be a long day for Die Werderaner as a few Bayern Munich players had a hand in Germany’s defeat. Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry, Leon Goretzka, and Niklas Sule were not impressive in the loss for Germany and Manuel Neuer conceded six goals for the first time in his career.

While there is not much Neuer could have done to prevent the onslaught, he surely will be looking to take out his frustrations on Werder Bremen.

Augustinsson knows that it will take a lot for his squad to hold off Bayern Munich.

“Bayern are the best side in the world right now, but there’s always a chance. We’ve had good periods against them recently; we need to build on that and perform at our best,” the 26-year-old Swede said. “You must never sit back against them. We have to be focused and sharp for 90 minutes.”