Bayern 'have turned a corner' says Rummenigge

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Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes Bayern Munich have turned the corner following a disappointing start to the season.

Bayern thrashed Borussia Dortmund 5-1 on Saturday to secure their second win of the Bundesliga season and silence the critics who had turned on new coach Louis van Gaal after the title favourites picked up just two points from the first nine on offer.

"The match straight after having practically the whole team away on international duty in midweek is always a difficult one," said Rummenigge.

"In the circumstances, the team played really well and with unbelievable energy in the second half. We're extremely satisfied."

Van Gaal added: "We made a very poor start. We didn't touch the ball in the first 15 minutes.

"After half-time, the individual quality in my team made the difference.

"After such a difficult week, I'm delighted we scored some decent goals."

Meanwhile, Bayern midfielder Mark van Bommel has revealed his recovery from foot surgery is on track.

The 32-year-old Dutchman went under the knife last month to repair a ruptured tendon and broken big toe, but is close to being given the green light to resume jogging.

"I'm right on schedule," he declared following weekend reports that he had suffered a setback in his recovery.

Meanwhile, Bayern have revealed that left-back Andreas Gorlitz is likely to be out of action until October after suffering a hamstring strain during training last week.

Elsewhere, Hamburg coach Bruno Labbadia fears his team's season could be undermined by a quick-fire double injury blow.

Labaddia has seen Peru striker Paolo Guerrero and Namibia defender Collin Benjamin struck down by serious injuries during the past few days.

Guerrero picked up a knee injury on international duty which has now been confirmed as a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament blow which will sideline him for nine months.

"That hits us hard," admitted the coach. "Paolo has scored the most goals and has always been a leading figure off the field.

"Collin is a very flexible player who always gives his coach many options, and he is an incredibly important guy for the team. It also hits us hard because we know what they have got to come."