Summary

  • Bayern move step closer to fourth consecutive title.
  • Pep feels league leaders improved after half-time.
  • Stuttgart pleased with performance but not with result.

FC Bayern München head coach Pep Guardiola has his sights set on a record-breaking fourth straight Bundesliga title following Saturday's victory at VfB Stuttgart. The Swabians, meanwhile, were determined to take the positives from the game despite the defeat at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

VfB Stuttgart 1-3 FC Bayern München

Goals: 0-1 Niedermeier (o.g. 31'), 0-2 Alaba (52'), 1-2 Didavi (63'), 1-3 Costa (89')

Pep Guardiola (Bayern head coach): "We conceded too many fouls, gave them too many free-kicks and corners and made life difficult for ourselves. We did well after the first goal, though, especially at the start of the second half. We were sharper in attack and the movement of our strikers was much better. We just need three wins and a draw to achieve something that no team in Germany has ever managed."

Franck Ribery (Bayern winger): "It wasn’t easy for us early on in the match, which is why the first goal was so important. In the second half we did very well, though. The victory is good for our morale ahead of Wednesday’s match in Lisbon."

David Alaba doubled Bayern's lead at the Mercedes-benz Arena © gettyimages / Alexander Hassenstein

David Alaba (Bayern defender): "Stuttgart did very well before we took the lead. They were very compact and well organised, which made it difficult for us. I’m expecting a very tough game in Lisbon [against SL Benfica in the UEFA Champions League] on Wednesday. We need to give everything."

Arturo Vidal (Bayern midfielder): "Good win, team! Now to give everything on Wednesday!"

Jürgen Kramny (Stuttgart head coach): "You could see that we wanted to stop Bayern’s wide players by playing five at the back, but [for the first goal] we gave them too much space and Bayern took full advantage. After half time we were a bit too passive and deep. We had them on the ropes at 2-1, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough."

Daniel Didavi (Stuttgart forward): "We obviously can’t be happy with the result. Tactically we did what the coach wanted us to. We put them under pressure [after making it 2-1] and could even have brought it back to 2-2. With our fans behind us we could have got something from the game. At the end of the day it’s disappointing that we couldn’t get anything from the game. It’s important for us to pick up points in the coming games. Our fate is still in our own hands."

Captain Georg Niedermeier is hoping the Swabians can bounce back against Augsburg next weekend. © imago / Pressefoto Baumann

Daniel Schwaab (Stuttgart defender): "We hardly gave them a sniff of goal in the early stages, which was good. Bayern struggled to adapt to our style of play and had a bit of luck with their first goal. Despite the defeat, our fate is still in our hands and we have to take advantage in the next few games."

Georg Niedermeier (Stuttgart defender): "We threw ourselves into this one and put in a good performance. We didn’t want the size of our injury list to be an excuse today. Looking ahead to our next game against Augsburg, we have to take the positives from today’s game and make the most of our opportunity. That’s what we’re focusing on."