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Van Gaal: The defeat hurts a lot

After last week’s dramatic defeat in Frankfurt, Bayern suffered another setback in the Bundesliga title race with a 2-1 home defeat to VfB Stuttgart. The Munich players, coach and directors were understandably dismayed by the first home defeat of the campaign, and the effect on morale ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final meeting with Manchester United.

Reaction to Bayern v Stuttgart

Louis van Gaal: “It hurts a lot. I think it was an evenly-matched game. We scored the first goal, but Stuttgart could have opened the scoring too. For Stuttgart’s second goal, a number of my players thought the ball had gone out of play. After that, we never found a solution against a basically defensive side. It's possible the Schalke match influenced this game.”

Philipp Lahm: “We struggled to start with. We were unfocused, but we still basically had the game under control. We took the lead, but unluckily conceded an equaliser. We lost our shape at the start of the second half, we went 2-1 behind, and it was always going to be difficult after that. We took the fight to them right to the end, but it wasn’t quite enough.”

Jörg Butt: “Losing at home is always a setback. We took the lead, and you shouldn’t be losing once that’s happened.”

Christian Gross: “After ten years without a win here, it was time for a victory. I’m over the moon for my team, although the first half wasn’t what I wanted to see. But going 2-1 ahead gave us a real boost and we kept them well away from our penalty area, that was skilful defending. We’re obviously delighted, and naturally it’s helped us a lot that our opponents weren’t totally fresh.”

Cacau: “We were all fired up and also very well prepared. Every one of us gave everything. We always believed we had a chance of winning here. The first half wasn’t so good, but we played well in the second half.”