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Reaction to Hoffenheim v Bayern

Van Gaal: We made our own luck today

Daniel van Buyten’s stoppage-time goal ensured Bayern deservedly beat Hoffenheim and recorded a second Bundesliga victory of the season on Tuesday night. “We’re very, very pleased. It was important, especially when you look at the table,” the match-winner declared afterwards. Despite the last-gasp nature of the Belgian’s goal, coach Louis van Gaal felt his team had done more than enough to merit the victory.

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Louis van Gaal: “Even in the 90th minute, I still believed we could win it, because we were putting them under so much pressure. It was definitely deserved, although obviously it was a little lucky too. But we made our own luck today. I think we had a little more desire and belief in the second half compared o the first, although I think we played good football in the first half too. Once again, we made chances, but this time, we’ve taken them. Overall, it was better in the second half.”

Mark van Bommel: “If you look at when we scored the winner, you could say it was a little lucky. But we dominated the game from the start, and we played well too, in my opinion. I thought it was really good at times, our positioning was excellent, so overall, I’d say we deserved to win. It was a must-win game for us today, and we have another one on Saturday.”

Daniel van Buyten: “We’re very, very pleased. It was important, especially when you look at the table. We made life difficult for ourselves by handing them the early goal, but after that we always looked like we wanted to win no matter what. We took a risk or two with our tactics in the second half, but it worked out. I’m dedicating the goal to my father and my daughter.”

Ralf Rangnick (Hoffenheim coach): “I’ve told my team that it’s a real shame after all the effort we put in. We had a huge chance to win it ourselves through Luis Gustavo after 87 minutes. It always leaves a bitter taste when you concede like that in stoppage time, but that’s football. I don’t think there’s any question that we deserved a point today."