Darmstadt - FC Bayern München's comfortable 3-0 win away to promoted SV Darmstadt 98 meant the world to a number of players for a whole host of reasons.
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bundesliga.com rounds up the post-match reaction from the Merck-Stadion am Böllenfalltor...
Arturo Vidal (on Twitter): "I finally scored my first goal! I’m happy we won and stayed unbeaten. Now we’ve got to rest ahead of our game on Tuesday."
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Javi Martinez: “I feel really good after almost 13 months out. I’ve got to take things step by step now and keep accumulating minutes. At the moment I’m probably not ready to play for 90 minutes but bit by bit we’ll work up to that. It’s very difficult to stay focused and to play every day with the strong desire to win that we have. It was very tough today as Darmstadt were playing at home and that gave them strength but I think we deserved to win."
Joshua Kimmich: "Every kid that plays football dreams of playing in the Bundesliga. The fact it’s for Bayern is of course a huge deal. I’m just so happy today."
Sebastian Rode: "The early goal was very important. Darmstadt play a simple game, but also play very well. They also had a few chances. We nipped that in the bud in the second half and deserved to win. Every player really wants to win, but it’s not easy to break into the side when you see who’s on the pitch at Bayern. So you have to wait for your chance. Today I showed I’m also capable. I’m tremendously pleased about that."
Marcel Heller: "The individual qualities made the difference today, and Bayern have plenty of that. They’ve also got the necessary focus - they hardly gave away any chances. they did almost everything right, so you can’t blame us. Everyone got stuck in and tried everything. We can go home with our heads held high despite the defeat. We have to measure ourselves against other teams rather than Bayern. I don’t think the defeat has done us any harm."
Aytuc Sulu: "We can be really pleased with the first hour, it’s something to build on. The important thing for us against Bayern was to show that we could create chances and for long periods give little away. It was a great experience for us, even though we’re obviously disappointed with the defeat."
Dominik Stroh-Engel: "We played well for long periods. For 60 minutes the game was pretty open. We could have even equalised between times. We hardly gave any chances away before the break. That’s the positive we have to take from the game. The defeat’s not the end of the world."