Focus was the buzzword coming out of the FC Bayern München camp following a 3-0 win over FC Schalke 04, who themselves were left to rue a below par performance against the league leaders.
bundesliga.com rounds up the post-match reaction...
Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern striker): "There are some stages when it doesn’t all click [for a striker], but it did today. We didn’t move the ball well enough going forward in the first half but we did that better in the second period and scored three goals. It was a good game from us. We need to give it our all in the Bundesliga until the end of the season. The Atletico games won’t be easy, but we have to show that we want to reach the final."
Manuel Neuer (FC Bayern goalkeeper): "It’s important that we focus on the Bundesliga until the end of the season. We lacked a touch of rhythm in the first half but we were better in the second period and so managed to create some chances. Philipp can play anywhere - in midfield or defence. I think we have really good players all over the place. Vidal’s a great player, as well."
Philipp Lahm (FC Bayern captain): "That was a terrible first half by our standards, which makes it even nicer that we've nevertheless been able to win a game like this."
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke striker): "We had to stay in the game when it was 1-0, but as I’ve said we were too focused on defending and didn’t get out from the back often enough. Against Bayern you have to attack straight away. We did well in the first half but we were too passive for ten minutes in the second half and they scored their goals. You always have a chance here, as we saw in the first half. Junior [Caicara] had one chance, Pierre [Höjbjerg] had one chance so I actually think we had the better chances in the first half. We’re just concentrating on the upcoming games now."
Ralf Fährmann (FC Schalke 04 goalkeeper): "We tried to hold our own against their dominance, but we weren’t sharp enough and intermittently it just didn’t click. That allowed Bayern to have a couple of really strong periods. We knew that they’d have more possession and more touches throughout the course of the game. That’s obvious, it’s what every team has to deal with. But as I’ve already said, we needed to be more compact. Things ended up happening in the blink of an eye and we were ruthlessly punished."
Dennis Aogo (FC Schalke 04 defender): "I think if you look at some of the goals we were there, but weren’t really in the best of positions. That’s something we’ll have to look at."