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'A sensational performance'

FCB bask in afterglow of ‘wonderful’ evening

A mood of deep satisfaction took hold at the midnight banquet following Wednesday's victory in Turin. Javi Martinez enjoyed the company of his family. Philipp Lahm and Co happily signed countless autographs. And naturally enough, a glass or two was raised, to a “fantastic week. The team is having a magnificent season," said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, “many congratulations on a wonderful match."

FCB triumphed 2–0 at home and 2–0 away against Italian champions Juventus, who are odds-on to retain their crown this term. On Wednesday evening, Bayern laid down yet more convincing evidence of their current position at the top table in European football. “When in the past have we come to Turin and won 2-0 with relative ease, without ever really looking in trouble?" Uli Hoeneß asked rhetorically, late into the night when all the players had already retired to their rooms. “It's a sensational performance," the club president proudly remarked.