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Reaction to Bayern v Inter Milan

Klinsmann: We gave a good account of ourselves

Bayern were a shade unlucky to lose the Franz Beckenbauer Cup for the second year in a row, after Inter Milan repeated Barcelona’s feat last season by netting the only goal of the game. Mark van Bommel remained unconcerned: “We’ve lost 1-0 like we did against Barcelona, but I don’t think that turned out to be a bad omen.“

Reaction to Bayern v Inter Milan:

Uli Hoeneß: “We’ve played a very cunning team with a very clever coach, who’s come here with ten defenders and one striker – so it was always going to be tough if they took the lead. You wouldn’t expect us to put such a packed defence under pressure without Luca Toni and Franck Ribery, so I’m not particularly unhappy. It was a decent game of football, it just lacked goals.“

Jürgen Klinsmann: “You’re obviously looking to win against prestige opponents such as Inter Milan, but I still think we gave a good account of ourselves. We tried to keep the pace high and create chances, but Inter had no ambitions other than to defend and that obviously made it difficult. On top of that, we’re not yet physically strong enough for a comprehensive pressing game with constant pressure. The display was fine, but the result obviously wasn’t.“

José Mourinho: “We have a week to go until the Supercup and three weeks until the league restarts. Obviously we want to use every possible opportunity to improve. I know we defended well, but I’d still like to see my defenders take a more attack-minded approach. Bayern were a little quicker than we were, but we reacted intelligently to that. However, the circumstances were nothing like the best as both coaches were missing so many players.“

Mark van Bommel: “We’ve lost 1-0 like we did against Barcelona, but I don’t think that turned out to be a bad omen. We played well in the first half. In the second half we spent the whole time attacking but Inter just pulled men back. Then we made a mistake and Inter scored, and it was always going to be hard after that.“

Phillip Lahm: “Our supporters have come here to see a good game and watch us win, but we couldn’t do that today. We played some decent football before half-time, but we weren’t as determined up front in the second half. But we’re not at 100 percent yet, so this was a good test. You can’t expect everything to go smoothly yet, the Euro 2008 players came back so much later. But I reckon we’re still in good shape for Sunday’s Cup tie.“