Franck Ribery believes Bayern should have wrapped up victory before the interval...
Franck Ribery believes Bayern should have wrapped up victory before the interval...

Ribery: 'It should have been 4-1'

Leverkusen - It was one of those classic games in which the clock could have gone on indefinitely and FC Bayern München still would not have found a winner, and the lack of goals was the only regret they had in Leverkusen. rounds up what the stars of Saturday evening's showdown thought.
FC Bayern München
Franck Ribery: We played really well in the first half and it should have been 3-1 or 4-1 to us then. Leverkusen were very defensive and waited for chances on the counterattack. We had many good chances which unfortunately we didn’t take today, but football can be like that at times. The good thing is we’ve not lost and now we’re top of the league, which is important.

Philipp Lahm: In football, you have to score goals and we failed to do that. That’s why in the end it remained 1-1. It’s a shame that we conceded so soon after going 1-0 up. Nevertheless, we played really, really well at times. We were far superior to what is normally a good Leverkusen side, who had very few chances today. The balance between attacking and defending was right again.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Bernd Leno: I had expected to have a lot to do because Bayern are a cut above. Games like these are nice for a goalkeeper to show what they can do. We’re still quite a long way behind Bayern technically and you’ve got to acknowledge that. Nevertheless, the team deserves a huge compliment. We fought like lions and deserved the point, even if it was a touch fortunate.

Simon Rolfes: Of course you need a really good goalkeeper in games like this, and he [Bernd Leno] was world class today. We know all about Bayern. They focus a great deal on possession and you’ve got to find tactics to keep things tight and not allow them any room, whilst trying to launch one or two counterattacks. Football’s not always fair.