Munich - League leaders FC Bayern München recorded a comfortable 2-0 victory over SC Freiburg on Tuesday evening to extend their winning league run to seven games and further strengthen their position at the top of the table.
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bundesliga.com rounds up the best of the post-match quotes from the Allianz Arena...
Juan Bernat: “They were very solid and compact and didn’t give us much space but I think we played well and the most important thing was to get the points. It’s always nice to score so it would have been good if it had happened today. Hopefully I will score soon, I really want to! I was happy to help the team in setting up Thomas Müller’s goal. It was our second one so after that things were a lot easier. I’m very satisfied with the season so far, I’ve played in practically all of our games and I’m very happy about that and will try to keep integrating myself into the team as best I can. I’m good friends with Xabi Alonso - he got a knock on his calf I think and will have it checked out tomorrow.”
Thomas Müller: “Freiburg set themselves up so that we would have a lot of possession. They played a 5-4-1 formation so they weren’t going to attack us but were always going to wait at the back. When you do that of course there’s going to be a lot of shots and crosses but Freiburg were banking on their keeper doing well and maybe hoping we’d have a bit of bad luck. We played pretty well overall. It’s never easy against an opponent with so many players in the penalty area, but we won 2-0 so can be happy. On a scale of one to ten, the kick I got when scoring my goal hurt about 1.5”
Manuel Neuer: “It’ll be important to win in Mainz as it’s our last game before Christmas. We’ve invested a lot of energy in the last few weeks and months so we really have to win it. I don’t really think about how many goals I’m going to concede, we really just do take it game by game. In the first half of the season I think we’ve played really well and been very successful.”
Mario Götze: “I think we can be quite happy with our season so far. It’s certainly been a long year so the winter break will do us a lot of good. They had one or two chances in the first half and we can be very happy that we’ve got Manuel Neuer at the back. Scoring the first goal is always hard, especially when they’re just defending in their penalty area. There wasn’t a lot of space and they didn’t open up after we went 2-0 either.”
Robert Lewandowski: “From the 30th minute more or less I couldn’t really run anymore. I’ll need to wait and see how it looks tomorrow, but I hope it’s nothing serious. It’s possible that we could go the whole season unbeaten but we can’t think too far ahead, it’s a little bit early to say.”
Sascha Riether: “We knew Bayern would have more possession and that we’d only be defending. We had one or two chances and maybe with a bit fo luck we could have scored. I’ve played against Manchester City myself and they’re a team that almost always have possession in the Premier League. I watched Bayern’s match away to Man City and even with ten men on the pitch they still had something like 80 per cent possession. So what can you expect when little old SC Freiburg come to town? I think we gave a good account of ourselves today and a lot of teams would like to come away from here having only lost 2-0.”
Roman Bürki: “I felt good over the 90 minutes and I was happy to help the team and keep them down to two goals. Overall I think we defended very well. Plenty of other teams have gone home with a lot heavier defeats. I knew what to expect before the game but I tried to prepare myself in the same way as I do before every game. Obviously then when you’re lining up next to Manuel Neuer, Franck Ribery and all the rest of them it’s certainly something special. It was a lot of fun playing here.”
Jonathan Stockitt reporting from the Allianz Arena