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Reaction to Bayern v VfL Bochum

Hitzfeld: I’m delighted by my team’s reaction

Relief was the main emotion flowing through the Bayern camp after Sunday’s brave victory, in which the Bavarians came from a goal and a man down to beat VfL Bochum 3-1 and move nine points clear at the top of the Bundesliga. With just seven matches remaining, Munich look well set to claim a 21st German championship title. “I’m delighted at the reaction shown by my team,“ satisfied coach Ottmar Hitzfeld declared after his men neutralised and then overcame the threat posed by visiting VfL.

Reaction to Bayern v VfL Bochum:

Ottmar Hitzfeld: “After conceding the early goal and having a man sent off, it was always a big ask to turn the game around. Bochum are a good team, strong on the break. But we played on with three strikers, it was a risk we had to take because we needed all three points. We’re aiming to win the league, and today was always a decent chance to collect three more points. The team reacted superbly to adversity, they picked themselves up after the sending off and pushed for the win, which was important for our morale. I’m really delighted at the reaction shown by my team.“

Oliver Kahn: “We showed unbelievable morale, we pulled together brilliantly as a team, we fought until we were ready to drop, so I have to pay a huge compliment to the team. I know all about the run-in at the end of a season, when it’s all or nothing and titles are decided by centimetres and millimetres, form on the day, and bit of good luck and a bit of bad luck.“

Marcel Koller (VfL Bochum coach): “Everything went our way at the start, with the early goal and the sending off. We also knew Bayern might be a little weary. Unfortunately, we couldn’t keep it up until the end, because Bayern put us under a lot of pressure even with only ten men. Especially in the second half, we lost possession too easily 20 or 25 yards from goal and couldn’t get into their penalty area. That was our fundamental problem at the end of the day.“