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Reaction to HSV v FCB

Guardiola: A pleasing performance

Bayern eased into the DFB cup semi-finals with a commanding display against a Hamburg team visibly lacking in confidence. “It’s magnificent from the team,” commented Matthias Sammer following a “composed” FCB display, “that’s how we want to carry on.” Pep Guardiola declared himself “pleased. Lots of people have told me how good it is in Berlin, and we’re only one step away now. It’s definitely special for me.”

Reaction to Hamburg v Bayern:

Matthias Sammer: “Obviously you need a little time at the start. But once we settled we were composed right through to the end. It’s magnificent from the team and full of commitment. I’m also delighted Bastian Schweinsteiger is now back and that Javi Martínez played again. It’s good news for us. This is how we want to carry on.”

Pep Guardiola: “I’m pleased with the performance and it was a great game from us. This is my first go at the DFB Cup. Lots of people have told me what a good day out it is in Berlin, and we’re only one step away now. It’s definitely special for me. We had a few problems at the start but it was easier after we scored our second.”

Bastian Schweinsteiger: “We didn’t really know what to expect here. I think we played very well. I hope Hamburg start picking up points very soon. It would be a shame for the club, the city and the people here [if HSV go down]. Best of luck!”

Dante: “HSV kept it very tight for the first 20 minutes and were aggressive. We made heavy weather of it. But then we scored the first two goals. We kept it simple and we were focused. Now we have to start concentrating on Saturday.”

Oliver Kreuzer (HSV sporting director): “We’ve played all-powerful opponents today. Bayern were outstanding. We were forced onto the back foot from the start. On the occasions we did recover possession, we gave the ball away again far too quickly. We basically spent the whole time chasing shadows. Despite it all, the lads showed they really wanted to resist. But there was nothing we could do against these opponents. All that counts for us now is the [Bundesliga] game in Braunschweig.”

Bert van Marwijk (HSV coach): “We all saw the team made a decent go of it at the start. Our attitude was right. We tried to close down the space. But we weren’t good enough today to get anywhere against Bayern, currently the best team in the world.”

Heiko Westermann (HSV): “I think we defended well for the first half-hour, but we’ve conceded two silly goals. Bayern were totally superior after going two goals up, they’re in a different league. These are tough times for everyone at the club, but we have to fight back as a team.”