There was disappointment on the faces of Bayern's players following an unexpected defeat. - © © imago / MIS
There was disappointment on the faces of Bayern's players following an unexpected defeat. - © © imago / MIS

Lewandowski: 'We'll be better on Saturday'

1. FSV Mainz 05 were the talk of the Bundesliga on Matchday 24 as they became the first side to beat FC Bayern München in their own back yard this season.

FC Bayern München 1-2 1. FSV Mainz 05

Goals: 0-1 Jairo (26’), 1-1 Robben (64’), 1-2 Cordoba (86’)

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern forward): "I'm sure we'll be more effective and better on Saturday. We've still got more points [than Dortmund], but it's going to be a very important game for the future."

Arjen Robben (Bayern forward): "We got back into the game really well and when we got to 1-1, we really had to keep going. We can't allow them to hit us like this on the counter-attack – something went wrong there. We had chances, but unfortunately it was not enough. When you win so many games in a row, then it does happen that you lose one, but it was a shame."

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Arturo Vidal (Bayern midfielder): "I’m feeling better every game, but I’m sad about the result. It’s fundamental that we don’t lose against Dortmund at the weekend; we have to win to get closer to the title. We know it’s going to be very difficult to win the league because there are some very good teams and they play very defensively against us. But we’re confident we can move forwards and win our upcoming matches. It’s going to be tough against Dortmund because they’ve got a very good team. They’re a side who attack really well and they’re very fast. It’s going to be a good game."

Pep Guardiola (Bayern coach): "Congratulations to Mainz. We didn't control their counter-attacks well. It wasn't easy in the second half, when they had ten men on the edge of their own area. We had enough chances to win the game - we even tried with five forwards. We've still got a lot of work to do to defend our title."

Jhon Cordoba (Mainz forward): "The work all my team-mates have done has been very important. We’ve shown that by pulling together, we’re a strong team. I think our togetherness has been vital for us and we can draw strength from that for our upcoming matches. We’re staying calm [despite Mainz’s league position] because we know there’s still a long way to go until the end of the season. We need to keep working in the way we have been so far and we’ll see what comes of it. Football’s a game in which you don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. We need to stay calm and keep our heads in order to do well in the games we’ve got coming up."

Martin Schmidt (Mainz coach): "We spoke a lot about this game in a short space of time. After the Leverkusen game, there was a lot of euphoria. On Monday morning, I met up with the lads and we wanted to take the next step. We always talked about winning this game. We knew we wouldn't have much possession, but we had a plan and we knew that it would only work if we followed it. What happened five seasons ago [when Mainz won at the Allianz Arena] didn't matter to us – we wanted to write our own history. I'm delighted that we've been able to make the battle [for the title] exciting again."