presented by
Reaction to Basel v Bayern

Van Gaal: I’m relieved and delighted

Increase font size Text size

After beating Roma 2-0 in their opening Champions League fixture, Bayern made it maximum points from two fixtures with a battling 2-1 win away to FC Basel, courtesy of Bastian Schweinsteiger’s second-half brace. “Our target was to lead the table with six points, and we’ve hit our target,” chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge enthused after the German champions fought back from a goal down at St. Jakob Park.

Reaction to Basel v Bayern:

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: “It's obviously lucky when you score the winner in the 89th minute. But we played well in the second half. We now have six points from our two matches, we lead the section, and we’ve taken a giant stride towards qualifying for the knockout stages. That was our target, and we’ve hit our target. Winning today will help our confidence.”

Louis van Gaal: “I’m relieved, but I do believe we’ve fought very hard for this victory. We did everything we could to win it in the second half, and I thought that was good. We started extremely well, and then Basel scored the first time they crossed the half-way line. Our current lack of confidence was there for all to see after that, we were very poor for a spell. I made some substitutions because I thought we needed more attacking power, and it was successful. We’re better off than we were a year ago, because we have six points from two matches.”