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Reaction to Köln v Bayern

‘We’re delighted with the away win’

Bayern ran up a supremely comfortable 2-0 victory over FC Köln on Saturday and extended their lead at the top of the Bundesliga, making for a satisfied mood in the Munich camp afterwards. “We controlled possession, never lost concentration and stifled their counter attacks,” commented Pep Guardiola. Arjen Robben reckoned the team deserved “all credit! We were composed, we let the ball do the work, we created enough chances and deserved the win.”

Reaction to FC Köln v Bayern

Pep Guardiola: “We’re delighted with our first away win of the season. It wasn’t easy because Köln were very well organised. We controlled possession, never lost concentration and stifled their counter attacks. We’re overnighting here in Cologne and then we’re off to Moscow.”

Arjen Robben: “Cologne defended deep, parked the bus and only played on the break. They never tried to come at us and that made it tough at times. All credit to the team! We were composed, we let the ball do the work, we created enough chances and deserved the win.”

Xabi Alonso: “It was a tough game. Köln set out their stall at the back and we had to be very patient. We opened the scoring, but it was hard work from start to finish. It was a lot less turbulent after our second goal. We were determined to win away from home and it was an important victory. We’ll turn our focus to the next game as of now.”

Peter Stöger (FC Köln coach): “Our plan was to defend and wait for the two or three chances we hoped would come our way. We wanted to make it uncomfortable for Bayern and we did a few good things in the middle of the park, but we’re obviously not on a par with Bayern.”