Lewandowski: 'The second goal killed the game off'
Munich - The mood in the FC Bayern München camp was one of mild relief following their 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, especially given their midweek cup exploits and their depleted personnel numbers.
bundesliga.com rounds up the best of the post-match quotes from the Allianz Arena...
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Robert Lewandowski: "It wasn't an easy game. We played 120 minutes in the DFB Cup and only had a couple of days in between before playing here again, but we still played very well today. Maybe we weren't as strong at the start of the second half but the second goal killed the game off and after that we could relax a little bit and control the game. I had a few chances to score today but I'm happy - a goal's a goal, regardless of how or when you score it. Sometimes you can't explain why you have a run and score more goals than you do at other times - that's football! We could have won by a bigger scoreline but we're satisfied because on Wednesday we're playing in the Champions League and we didn't want to score all our goals today!" Pepe Reina: "I couldn't wait to make my home debut and to do so with a victory is even better so I'm happy for the three points and for my debut - it's a good feeling. As I always do, I always try to be ready and help the team. There aren't that many of us fit at the moment, but we all have to be ready at any time." Thiago: "It's difficult to describe what it was like to play my first home game in more than a year. I felt very good at the start of the game but as I'm not used to the rhythm I was a bit tired after 20 minutes, but that'll come with more games. The important thing is to keep getting playing time. I think the victory and the way we played today was enough of a [birthday] celebration. The first game back is the one where you're wondering 'how's my leg going to react', but then if you're playing every three days you can't keep thinking like that." Thomas Müller: "We were a bit tired today. After playing 120 minutes in the cup it's difficult to wake up and say 'right, we're playing Frankfurt today and we're going to play them off the park.' I can only speak for myself, but it was tough. Still, once the ball's rolling, you've got 70,000 fans watching you play and it's nice weather then what can you do [laughs]?" Philipp Lahm: "We've got a good mentality. You can't take a win like this for granted after playing 120 minutes in the cup. We put in a good performance today. We know we've got a good team, even with all the injuries we have, and we'll see how well we manage playing every three days, but our mentality is right." Sebastian Rode: "It was an important victory. Now we need to win three more league games to wrap up the title. So given the number of players we had available today, the win was really important."
Stefan Aigner: "You have to make the most of your chances against Bayern, but we weren't able to do that. We had a couple of half-chances but that's all you get here. You have to take advantage of them or you go home with nothing. They deserved to win. They played well, are good on the ball and pass it around really well. You think you're going in for a challenge and suddenly the ball's already disappeared again!" Makoto Hasebe: "Obviously it's a shame we lost but Bayern are a very strong team. We needed to play better in the first half. I hadn't ever played at centre-back before but if that's where the coach asks you to play then that's where you play." Alexander Madlung: "The level of quality they have in their squad is enormous and if they move the ball like they can, it's tough. It's tough to get into the tackles and they're able to create chances, and if you concede in the first half you struggle." Jonathan Stockitt reporting from Munich