Created on 29-01-2008 at 00:00 AM
Bayern were ultimately forced to work exceptionally hard for their place in the DFB German Cup quarter-finals by a resolute Wuppertal side. Head coach Ottmar Hitzfeld was dissatisfied with his team in the first half, "but we applied a lot more pressure after the break and stopped our opponents coming back into the match."
Reaction to Wuppertal v Bayern
Uli Hoeneß: "We couldn't believe our eyes when they made it 2-2. The coach said a few choice words in the dressing room and we pulled ourselves together. The players failed to take the coach's pre-match warning seriously enough.“
Ottmar Hitzfeld: "We've seen a cracking Cup tie tonight. Wuppertal made life extremely difficult for us, they went right to the limit, especially in the first half. They ran and ran, they tackled aggressively and played with a huge amount of heart. The fact they managed to equalise twice made the situation very difficult for us. We were careless and inattentive for their goals. Our tackling was nowhere near what I expect in the first half. We applied a lot more pressure after the break and stopped our opponents coming back into the match. It was definitely a great game for the fans.“
Wolfgang Jerat (WSV coach): "It was certainly spectacular stuff for the fans, but I'm basically not a happy man, because I wanted us to impose ourselves on the game much more. But perhaps we couldn't do that because Bayern were simply too strong. At the end of the day, it was the right result.“