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Reaction to Bayern v Roma

Van Gaal: We ran them into the ground

Bayern opened their Champions League campaign with a 2-0 win over AS Roma, “because we kept our heads and kept playing football right to the end. And we were rewarded for it,” commented captain Mark van Bommel, summing up the unanimous opinion in the FCB camp. “We’ve scored two good goals, and we could have had two more in the final minutes,” noted a satisfied Louis van Gaal.

Reaction to Bayern v Roma:

Louis van Gaal: “We played very well in the circumstances. We let the ball do the work, in the first half as well as the second. But we didn’t create many chances. However, we never let a very good opposing team get going, although they only came here to defend, which always makes it difficult. After 70 minutes, Roma stopped running, because they’d been chasing the ball all night. That's how we play it. The fans need to understand that we need time to run our opponents into the ground. We’ve scored two good goals, and we could have had two more in the final minutes.”

Mark van Bommel: “We kept our heads and kept playing football right to the end. And we were rewarded for it. Obviously, you need the odd lucky break, and we got one for Thomas Müller’s goal. We had to remain patient and make sure we kept it tight at the back, because Roma can be dangerous on the break. It was important to win convincingly today, even if we didn’t play particularly well. It gives us plenty to build on.”

Bastian Schweinsteiger: “We did it by remaining patient. We kept the ball and our opponents on the move. We didn’t create many chances in the first half, but we did succeed in tiring our opponents out. That meant we could get after them in the second half, when we had far more by way of chances, because they couldn’t run as much. We did that very well tonight. We knew Italian sides don’t like chasing the ball, and that was obvious to everyone from the hour mark onwards. We scored our goals at exactly the right time. We can build on this performance.”

Thomas Müller: “It was relatively difficult in the first half because Roma pulled everyone back. Their only intention was to defend. But they had to do a lot of work chasing us down. We followed the coach’s instructions very well, kept the ball on the move and retained possession. We had very few chances to start with, we rarely got into the box. But we kept the play in their third and made them tire themselves out. The goal went in exactly as I wanted it to in my mind, but it doesn’t always work out in reality.”