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Reaction to Bayern v Mönchengladbach

Hitzfeld: Gladbach were very tough opponents

Bayern efficiently mastered the second obstacle standing in the way of a trip to the DFB German Cup final in Berlin with a 3-1 victory over their greatest domestic rivals of the 1970s, Borussia Mönchengladbach. After an entertaining and up-tempo encounter in front of a full house at the Allianz Arena, the Munich camp was happy at reaching the last sixteen, while second division leaders Gladbach were satisfied after a courageous performance against the undefeated Bundesliga top dogs.

Reaction to Bayern v Mönchengladbach:

Ottmar Hitzfeld: “We’ve played a very strong team tonight. Gladbach are extremely solid and would easily hold their own in the Bundesliga. It was obvious we’d need to be patient, Gladbach held us off and attacked us. Scoring the opener is always good news for the favourites. Gladbach had to open up and we had more space. But I want to praise Mönchengladbach, they played excellent football and created chances, more than most teams manage here in Munich.“

Jos Luhukay (Gladbach coach): “I think we defended really well in the first half and closed them down. It’s a shame we didn’t take the lead just before the interval, it would have been a good time psychologically. The opener was unlucky, we’d only just come back out, but we lost focus. Then Luca Toni demonstrated his individual class and ruthlessness. We never gave up, as our goal showed. We tried everything and I feel we were a shade unlucky, but I think a few teams are destined to come here and lose. We can leave the field with our heads held high.“

Marcell Jansen: “I think it was a good, open match, both teams went looking for goals and there were plenty of chances. Obviously we’re delighted we’ve won, but that’s a measure of how good Gladbach are at the moment. I think both teams can be satisfied today.“

Michael Rensing: “We struggled a little in the first half against very, very well organised opponents, who also tried to take us on, which would normally be to our advantage. But we lost concentration and we were careless. At half-time, we said we’d be even more determined and committed and shift up a gear, and I reckon it worked out well.“

Luca Toni: “I’m always delighted when I score, especially when it’s the opener and helps the team. Gladbach are extremely well organised and made life difficult for us. But we showed our class and ultimately deserved to win.“

Christofer Heimeroth (Gladbach keeper): “I think we did very well today. We played good football in the first half and made chances, but Bayern hurt us with the early goal in the second half, that was a stupid one to give away. But looking at today’s performance, we can take away a lot of positives for the weeks ahead.“

Alexander Voigt: “We needed a goal before half-time, and we certainly had our chances. Bayern then took their chances, which comes down to the individual class they have but we don’t. But I think we indicated we’re capable of good football.“

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