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Post-match interview

Willy Sagnol: It’ll be an interesting week

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 after the match.

Post-match interview with Willy Sagnol: 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.“ 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.“ 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.“ 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]