Julian Nagelsmann hails "world-class" Jamal Musiala after Supercup victory
Saturday's Supercup saw Bayern Munich get the better of RB Leipzig in an eight-goal thriller, with Jamal Musiala, Sadio Mane, Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry and Benjamin Pavard grabbing the goals to seal a 5-3 victory for the reigning Bundesliga champions.
Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann reserved special praise for the performances of Musiala, Mane and Sane, while Leipzig counterpart Domenico Tedesco explained how a change in system almost brought about a dramatic turnaround.
Here's what the two camps had to say after the final whistle...
Naglesmann: "It was a very good performance from [Mane]. He is a humble and grounded player. He is extremely good for us - in the dressing room too. He has outstanding qualities and is an outstanding guy.
"[Musiala] played an outstanding game, very diligently. He has increased defensively. That was world class today! [Sane]'s a great person and an outstanding footballer, he scored a great goal."
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Mane: "Wow! What a day! Of course I’m really, really happy to win my first game, first trophy. You can’t complain. Like I said, from the first day I’m really happy to be part of this great club.
"It was easy to adapt with all those boys because they make it easier for me. I’m really happy to be part of this group, this club. What a joy! I’m happy to win this trophy. And I’m really looking forward to winning more. It was a great decision to play in the Bundesliga!"
Alphonso Davies: "Sadio came in, did his job. He’s a humble guy, he’s very down to earth. He’s a great player, as you can see. I was ecstatic when he scored. We’re happy to have him on the team, and very grateful for him to be here."
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Serge Gnabry: The bottom line is that we're happy about the trophy and that we started the season like this. That is always positive. In the first half it was outstanding. We didn't let them have anything. In the second half, Leipzig scored a goal and got a bit of a lift. In the end, we can't let them get close like that, but it doesn't matter now. We won.
"We've set ourselves a lot of goals again this season and want to be on top across the board. In the Bundesliga we want to defend the title, in the cup we want to win it and in the Champions League we want to go as far as possible. Today was the way to start the season, with a cup."
Tedesco: "The first half was absolutely not what I’d hoped for. We didn’t mind letting Bayern have so much possession but we had to do a better job of clearing the goals we conceded and practically gave them the first goal. Mistakes in the build-up play happen too often against Bayern.
"We changed our system in the second half and we were closer to scoring the goal to make it 4-4 than Bayern were to scoring theirs to make it 5-3. It’s important to watch the game back and do our analysis. It’s difficult to do that right after the game, but of course as the head coach I’ll spend a lot of time thinking about what systems and players can help us the most."
Marcel Halstenberg: "We didn’t want to give them anything today, especially for the first goal. I take responsibility for that. It’s anything but easy when you’re going into the break 3-0 down, but it was probably an exciting game for the fans when you look at the whole 90 minutes. We were more on the ball in the second half and could have levelled the game with a little bit of luck. We were playing for a trophy so it was no surprise that Bayern gave it their all for 90 minutes.
"I made amends for my mistake with my goal and perhaps gave us a bit of a push in the second half. We were much better after that, but in the end it wasn’t enough and that’s very disappointing."
Willi Orban: "The bottom line is that we have to build on the second half. It was good, the first half wasn't. We did a lot of things wrong. The first goal we conceded knocked us sideways. The goal we conceded was too easy. We have to learn from that and do better. The second half was positive. We even had a chance to make it 4-4 at the end. For the neutral, it was certainly a good game."
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