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Hoeneß: We’ve hit the target we set ourselves

Saturday’s goalless draw away to Hertha BSC Berlin was enough to earn Bayern the honorary winter championship title. “That’s the target we set ourselves before the season, and we’ve achieved it,” a satisfied Uli Hoeneß observed. The general manager was relatively happy with the team afterwards. “We had the game completely under control for long periods, but unfortunately we failed to take any of the excellent chances we created at the end.”

Ottmar Hitzfeld also pointed the finger at missed chances. “We combined well and looked good up until the penalty area, but we tried one too many flicks and tricks in the box itself,“ the Bayern coach mused.

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Uli Hoeneß: “We had the game completely under control for long periods, but unfortunately we failed to take any of the excellent chances we created at the end. We’re top of the league at Christmas - that’s the target we set ourselves before the season, and we’ve achieved it. We’ll work hard in mid-season training, and then when it restarts in late January, early February, we’ll hopefully repeat our good displays from August and September.“

Ottmar Hitzfeld: “We were fired up for the match, we wanted the three points to make sure of top spot all for ourselves. It didn’t work out and it was only enough for a point. But we’re still winter champions, and that’s the target we set ourselves. I hope the situation settles down again now. We played some very good football today. We had our opponents under control and we created enough chances. We combined well and looked good up until the penalty area, but we tried one too many flicks and tricks in the box itself. We should have been more decisive in getting our shots away, and we’d definitely have scored a goal or two in that case.“

Mark van Bommel: “We’re top of the league, but with one or two points fewer than we should have.“

Lucien Favre (Hertha coach): “Congratulations to Bayern on the winter championship. We were determined to take something from the game after three defeats on the bounce, we put in a lot of work and fought hard. Bayern put us under a lot of pressure, but I’m satisfied with my team. We gave it everything we had.“

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