Created on 21-02-2008 at 00:00 AM
Willy Sagnol was in good spirits after the 5-1 victory over Aberdeen which saw Bayern comfortably through to the UEFA Cup Round of 16. The right-back, who returned to first-team action three weeks ago after an eight-month lay-off, repeated his encouraging display in Hanover last Sunday with a series of good thrusts down the flank. “We have a tough programme ahead of us, but tonight will have given us a huge amount of belief,“ the France star told fcbayern.de after the match.
Post-match interview with Willy Sagnol:
fcbayern.de: Willy, congratulations on getting through to the next round. What does it mean to have beaten Aberdeen so convincingly?
Willy Sagnol: “We have a tough programme ahead of us, but tonight will have given us a huge amount of belief. We have Hamburg at home, then the derby against TSV 1860, and then we go to Schalke. It’ll be an interesting week for us.“
fcbayern.de: Could the games against HSV and Schalke be decisive for the Bundesliga title race?
Sagnol: “It’s probably a bit early to say that. The fact is that if we beat HSV on Sunday, we’ll be nine points clear of them, and that wouldn’t be bad at all.“
fcbayern.de: Last week you asked people to be patient with you, as you still need a while to recover peak form after such a long time out. How far are you along that path?
Sagnol: “I think today showed I’m making progress, but I can definitely add a lot more on top. I still have a few steps to take.“
fcbayern.de: Would you like Girondins Bordeaux in the last 16?
Sagnol: “Of course. A game in France would be tremendous for me, and also for Franck. I’d really enjoy that, although obviously it would be hard work for us.“ [Bordeaux fell 3-2 on aggregate to RSC Anderlecht later in the evening – Ed]