Köln striker Anthony Ujah says he was delighted to score past FC Bayern München and Germany No1 Manuel Neuer at the Allianz Arena, even if the end result wasn't quite what he'd hoped for (© Imago)
Köln striker Anthony Ujah says he was delighted to score past FC Bayern München and Germany No1 Manuel Neuer at the Allianz Arena, even if the end result wasn't quite what he'd hoped for (© Imago)
Bundesliga

Ujah: 'I'll cherish scoring past Neuer for the rest of my life'

Munich - 1. FC Köln's trip to Munich may have ended in disappointment for those of a Billy Goat persuasion, but one man in the visiting camp nevertheless had reason to smile: .

The 24-year-old Nigeria international had managed to do what only a select group of players have achieved in 2014/15 - score past FC Bayern München goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Speaking exclusively to

bundesliga.com

after the

4-1 defeat

, the affable Köln front man gave his thoughts on the encounter and what lies ahead for his team this season...

bundesliga.com:

Anthony Ujah, how would you sum up the game today?

Anthony Ujah:

We knew how difficult it would be, but we didn't come here just to concede goals. We tried to catch them a few times on the counter. It was very important that we got a goal before half time so that we could build on that. We knew that they would come at us again and try to get a third goal to kill the game very early. Overall, I think their first goal was what killed us: it came too early and caught us a bit disorganised and then they got the second one. We had some good situations here that we can be proud of and that can give us confidence to continue fighting to stay in the league.

bundesliga.com:

How did it feel to score a goal against FC Bayern in their own stadium in front of such a big crowd?

Ujah:

It's a great feeling. Scoring against Manuel Neuer is something any striker would be proud of at the moment, and I'm very proud of it and I hope it will give me confidence to continue helping my team to stay in the league. It was a really, really really proud moment that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

bundesliga.com:

What was your role in the team today? It seemed to be to try and disorientate and turn the Bayern defenders with your first touch...

Ujah:

We knew they would play a very high line so the idea was that with one touch you could get through their defence and go straight to the goalkeeper. I tried to get past them on the counter: that was the how we tried to break them down. We got a free-kick in a good position from one break but unfortunately we didn't score it, but overall we had some good moments that we can try to build on against other teams.

bundesliga.com:

What went through your head in the second half when you almost scored again, only for Neuer to pull off a fantastic save?

Ujah:

It just shows why he is the number one and why he is at the level he is right now. I thought it was almost in, but he showed why he's the best and I should be proud of being there at the right moment because that's one of the things I'm trying to work on to improve. I know it didn't go in, but it's something I can build on and continue to fight.

bundesliga.com:

You mentioned that you want to improve. What specifically do you need to work on?

Ujah:

I have to help my team keep the ball high up the pitch. We still have some big teams to play against, like Schalke and Wolfsburg, so I will try to work to hold on to the ball more so that my team can come out. I also want to make the right runs against sides that play with a high back line. Those are the things I'm trying to improve with the help of the coach and his team. I'm getting better and hopefully that will continue.

bundesliga.com:

What's the feeling like in the Köln camp now, just a couple of points off the relegation zone?

Ujah:

We know how tight it is, but it would be a different situation if we’d played an opponent also fighting against relegation. I'm not saying that just because it’s Bayern we have an excuse to lose, but we did some good things to take into the rest of our games. The mood isn’t too low after this match because we have another game on Tuesday and then again on Sunday, so we have to keep our heads up and continue to fight.

bundesliga.com:

And what are your thoughts going into the DFB Cup quarter-final with SC Freiburg on Tuesday?

Ujah:

It’s a 50-50 chance the way I see it, because Freiburg are in a similar situation to us, but the cup is a different ball game. There have been surprises right from the first round so we will go there and try to go through to the next round. The cup is very important to our fans and we want to give them something to cheer about.

Jonathan Stockitt reporting from the Allianz Arena