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Reaction to the DFB Cup triumph

‘A double is great, but a treble would be better’

Following the German championship, Bayern have secured their second national title by becoming the 2010 DFB cup-winners. On Saturday evening coach Louis van Gaal’s team beat Werder Bremen 4-0 in the final after leading 1-0 at half-time. Uli Hoeness said after the final whistle he was “extremely proud”, while Franz Beckenbauer described Bayern’s masterful performance as “almost out of this world. It’s a delight to watch this team.” Philipp Lahm was already looking ahead to the Champions League final against Internazionale in a week’s time: “A double is great, but a triple would be even better.”

Reactions to the cup final victory:

Franz Beckenbauer: “I found it out of this world, especially watching our exhibition performance in the second half. Indeed, it was already apparent in the first half. It’s fantastic that they did not slacken off but went on to score even more goals. If someone had predicted this six months ago I would have sent him away for treatment. But today it’s a delight to watch this team.”

Uli Hoeneß: “The game reflected a natural extension of our form in the second half of the season. Right now we are playing football of the highest quality, as our opponents have to admit. The team is a better footballing side than that of 2001. At the moment we are dominating the domestic opposition, which we didn’t do then. Where we show our class is in our mental strength as well as our footballing skills. I am extremely proud of the team, but also of everyone in the club. Now we have won the double and we have nothing to lose in Madrid. We will do all we can to achieve the impossible.”

Louis van Gaal: “That was a terrific game. We were very dominant, created lots of chances and scored a hatful of goals. I tell my players that it is vital to win, but the way you win is also important. And I think we can do even better.”

Mark van Bommel: “It wasn’t a perfect performance, because we missed a lot of chances in the first half. But we deserved it. It was one-way football.”