Created on 06-03-2008 at 00:00 AM
Bayern all but booked a spot in the UEFA Cup quarter-finals with a thumping 5-0 rout of sorry RSC Anderlecht on Thursday, "although it ended up looking a lot easier than it actually was at the start," admonished coach Ottmar Hitzfeld afterwards. "I'd have to describe that as a commanding victory," declared a thoroughly satisfied Mark van Bommel.
Reaction to RSC Anderlecht v Bayern
Uli Hoeneß: "Altintop's early goal gave us the perfect start. Obviously, it was a disaster for Anderlecht, because they clearly set their sights high for this match. We almost let them back into it, it was a close thing with the shot off the post. But Luca made it two in his usual inimitable fashion.“
Ottmar Hitzfeld: "It ended up looking a lot easier than it actually was at the start. Anderlecht opened aggressively and tackled with great determination. It was evenly-matched until Toni made it 2-0. There's no such thing as winning by too many goals, because we can now conserve energy next Wednesday, as we're away in Cottbus the following Saturday. It'll be a chance for some of the players like Breno, who haven't featured at all yet.“
Mark van Bommel: "It was a difficult game, but we showed the right attitude and basically gave an outstanding display. We played a couple of moves today which I've not seen from us for a long while. I'd have to describe that as a commanding victory. We had a few problems after about 20 minutes, but we soon reasserted control, so well done to the team.“
Ariel Jacobs (RSCA coach: "Bayern were simply too good for my team tonight. My players were not worthy of the description professional in the first half. We were unable to pass or control the ball properly, we were like kids out of a kindergarten. Of course, Bayern Munich are one of the best teams in Europe. They don't belong in the UEFA Cup, they should be in the Champions League. There's every chance Bayern will go on and win the UEFA Cup this year. We now have to pick ourselves up, forget what happened tonight, and concentrate on our league championship, starting this Sunday."