Created on 30-03-2013 at 00:00 AM
Most experts thought it could be close, but in the event Bayern defied the pre-match pundits with a 9-2 demolition of sorry Hamburg on Saturday, the biggest-ever victory at the Allianz Arena since the stadium opened in 2005, and Bayern's fourth-highest home win in the Bundesliga. “We played textbook football at times," enthused boss Jupp Heynckes.
Munich's man of the match was striker Claudio Pizarro, scorer of four goals and provider of two more. “The team and I were in good shape, and we played well," declared the Peru hitman, “four goals is a wonderful total. I'm hoping we win lots this season."
Reaction to Bayern v Hamburg:
Jupp Heynckes: “It was important to carry on just as we've been doing in recent weeks, by going out and winning our matches. We still have lots we want to achieve. No-one can realistically take the league title off us now, but we have our other targets. You can see the players are enjoying their football, the movement is very good, and the passing too. We played our way out of our opponents’ pressing game very well. It was important for our confidence today. We played textbook football at times, and that's basically what we have to do on Tuesday. But it definitely won't be possible in the same way. Tuesday will be a totally different match. Juventus are one of the top teams in Europe, very aggressive and full of running.”