Robert Lewandowski scored a brace to give the Bundesliga leaders their first points of the calendar year on Friday evening. - © © gettyimages / Martin Rose
Robert Lewandowski scored a brace to give the Bundesliga leaders their first points of the calendar year on Friday evening. - © © gettyimages / Martin Rose

Lewandowski: 'It takes time to get back into your rhythm'

FC Bayern München were satisfied with the result if not the performance after beating Hamburger SV 2-1 on Friday evening in the Matchday 18 opener.

Hamburger SV 1-2 FC Bayern München

Goals: 0-1 Lewandowski (37'), 1-1 Alonso (o.g. 53’), 2-1 Lewandowski (61’)

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern forward): "We had the game under control and scored the first goal, but I’m not sure what happened at the start of the second half. Hamburg worked a free-kick well and were suddenly back in the game. The most important thing is that we fought back again and got the three points. At half-time the coach just told us to keep our focus and I think we did that in the end. You can’t expect us to win 5-0 in our first game back. It takes time to get back into your rhythm."

Thomas Müller (Bayern forward): "The second goal wasn’t the nicest Bundesliga goal this season. I gave Lewandowski a shout – but I didn’t think he could react that quickly! It worked very well at the end of the day, but I can understand if HSV are disappointed at conceding that goal. Kingsley [Coman] was very good for us tonight and got in behind the defence a lot. We knew it wouldn’t be easy but hoped we’d be able to take the chances that came our way. [On the penalty] I didn’t want to go down but it certainly felt like I’d been fouled. We’re pleased to have won, we knew it wouldn’t be easy. We could maybe have played a bit better - our build-up play could have been better but I’m happy. Lewy and I had agreed about the penalty before, it was all arranged in advance."

Pep Guardiola (Bayern coach): "It was a tough game and we’re pleased to win. We need a bit more to hit our top level. It was an important win and for a first game it was very good. The three points are the most important thing. We were solid at the back and although we let in a goal we still did well."

As it happened: click here to recap our live text commentary of the match

Rene Adler (Hamburg goalkeeper): "We fought passionately and put in a brave performance. I thought we were a bit unlucky today. I’m not sure if you can say ‘individual class’ won it for them. If we all defend well as a team and run for each other then we’re a match for anyone in the Bundesliga. The penalty was a penalty, I have to take responsibility for that. We can definitely take a lot of positives from the game today."

Bruno Labbadia (Hamburg coach): “We didn’t have a great winter break, not because the players weren’t trying but because we had so many injuries. We had to think of a solution. We’ve been working in a very focused manner all week. The team really put into practice what we talked about: we wanted to put Bayern under pressure and we upset their build-up play. We’re very disappointed [with the result]. We had a few good situations where we could have worked the ball a bit better, but this is Bayern München we’re talking about and I’m sure we’ll improve in the coming games.”

Johan Djourou (Hamburg defender): "We played pretty well but unfortunately just had a bit of bad luck."