There were no real complaints on either side of the fence following FC Bayern München’s keenly contested 0-0 draw away to Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Matchday 20.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0-0 FC Bayern München
Red cards: Xabi Alonso (84’)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern striker): "It was a really intense game. It was a real shame that we couldn’t find the net. Then again, if you can’t win it’s important not to lose. We took a point today - it might not have been one of our best games but we knew that Leverkusen play with a lot of pressing and pressure you high."
Holger Badstuber (Bayern defender): "It was intense, aggressive, there were a lot of fouls. It was a game between two sides that belong on the European stage. We had the better chances. If we'd have converted them, we'd be going home winners. It’s still a big point."
Pep Guardiola (Bayern head coach): "In the first half, we had difficulties putting together three, four, five passes in a row. We could have won it in the second half, but it’s OK. We wanted to use Douglas Costa to counteract [Kevin] Kampl, but he was better on the flanks. [Joshua] Kimmich played brilliantly as a centre-back. Look at the forwards Leverkusen have. [Stefan] Kiessling and Chicharito didn’t have any chances… [Arturo] Vidal has a bit of a problem with his knee. I haven’t spoken to the doctor yet, but we’re hoping it’s nothing too serious."
Kevin Kampl (Leverkusen midfielder): "There are always bits and pieces you can improve. We could have done a bit better going forward once or twice today and stayed a bit calmer on the ball. Then again, it’s easy to say that but Bayern press so well against you and are so calm on the ball. That made it really tough for us, we had to run a lot and then after all that running we didn’t quite have enough energy to move the ball forwards as well as we usually would be able to against a team who would sit deeper. We’re happy with the point, though, particularly against the champions and one of the best two teams in Europe. The point could prove very important in the end and so for that reason we have to be very pleased with it. As I said before, we ran a lot today. We did that to try to stop them finding either a way through or a way into the game and to force them to play long balls. They play such good football though, and link up so well with each other. They did make a few chances but so did we and we could even have won it. Now our focus is completely on the Bremen game on Tuesday."
Christoph Kramer (Leverkusen midfielder): "Bayern were probably a little bit stronger until they were reduced to ten men. It’s good to see that when you show courage against Bayern that you can take something from the game. You’ve got to believe in yourselves and try to have your own spells on the ball."
Jonathan Tah (Leverkusen defender): "We had our chances going forward. I think we deserved the draw. I think we can be happy with that. I think we produced a superb team performance."
Roger Schmidt (Leverkusen head coach): "We could have won it, Bayern could have won it too. I think it’s a fair result. We did a lot right. It’s never easy against Bayern. There were long periods where we pressed well, won the ball high up the pitch and controlled the game. In our last five games against Bayern we’ve only scored once from open play. The best way to beat them, though, is to keep it tight at the back."
Ömer Toprak (Leverkusen defender): "We managed to stop Bayern. We gave very little away to the best team in Germany, perhaps even in Europe. We knew they would make it very, very difficult for us. We really want to qualify [for the semi-finals] in the [DFB] Cup now - we’ve got [SV Werder] Bremen and that will be a tough game. They’re a good team."