Munich - Despite scoring two first-half goals, Thomas Müller chose to single out the FC Bayern München collective after the Bundesliga leaders romped to a scintillating 5-1 win over second-placed Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker.
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bundesliga.com was on hand to get the reaction to another ominous show of muscle from the defending champions...
Thomas Müller: "[On his first goal] I saw there was space and Jerome [Boateng] delivered it perfectly. It’s quite incredible to see two of our defenders play such great balls that lead to goals. You have to use your intuition like I did when scoring the opener. I noticed the keeper coming closer and I had to react quickly. It’s great to have a seven-point lead at the top of the standings, but we have to keep going. This team has an unbelievable mentality."
Robert Lewandowski: "I don't think about how many goals I've scored. The important thing is that we won."
Jerome Boateng: "We played very well today and things came off for us. Dortmund started well but after 15 minutes we got into the game a bit better. I’ve never made two assists in one game before – let alone assists with passes like that!"
Pep Guardiola: "I'd like to congratulate the lads. We struggled early on and didn't create many chances before the opener. We won 5-1 but made a lot of mistakes which we need to correct. We're happy because we beat one of the best teams in Europe. No one has won the German title today. We have to keep our feet on the ground."
Mats Hummels: "Their goal to make it 3-1 was what put paid to us. In my view, it had been an evenly-balanced match up until that point."
Ilkay Gündogan: "It's a shame because we played well in the first half. We made life difficult for Bayern and went on the front foot ourselves. But Bayern showed their quality in ruthlessly exploiting the mistakes we made."
Thomas Tuchel: "We weren't decisive enough in the final third. Their third goal really hurt us - conceding after a 50-yard pass. We also conceded an unnecessary penalty and made life too easy for them. They played well, though. We need to keep working on small details, like when to push up and when not to."