Mönchengladbach - Mario Götze and Thomas Müller were both in positive spirits after finding the net in FC Bayern München's Matchday 18 victory at Borussia Mönchengladbach, while Gladbach's players admitted the Bundesliga leaders were the deserved winners.

bundesliga.com rounds up what some of the key players had to say after the opening game of the 2013/14 second half of the season.

Borussia Mönchengladbach


Bayern were the better team from the off, we didn’t manage to keep them under control. We seemed to have too many gaps in midfield that they made good use of. It's very difficult to play Bayern, they like to dominate possession and are always capable of scoring. And they have players with great individual quality. We had been unbeaten for eight games, and I hope we get back to winning ways against Hannover next week.

Bayern played better football, but also we were a bit unlucky on a few occasions, as [goalkeeper] Manuel Neuer was in the right place a few times. Playing against Bayern is different from playing any other side: you hope for a good performance, but when you're up against them it is so difficult to be at your best.

FC Bayern München


We worked really hard today and played very well. [Bayern boss] Pep Guardiola is a fantastic coach with a great philosophy, all the players are really happy here. We let the ball do the work and deserved to win by two goals. We really wanted to win, that was most important today.

We were very clinical at the beginning, Mario scored with his second chance. We were strong in the first half, but you can't keep a counter-attacking side like Gladbach at bay for the full 90 minutes. We were quite aggressive on the pitch today, I have to say.