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Reaction to Mainz v Bayern

Robben: We can be proud and happy

FC Bayern bowed out for the first half of the 2014/15 season with a resolute performance and a last-minute victory away to FSV Mainz, Arjen Robben scoring at the death to secure a 2-1 win for Pep Guardiola’s side. “I’m pleased we’ve won, but I’m sorry for Mainz because they gave it everything and deserved a point,” Robben commented afterwards. Manuel Neuer also acknowledged a good display from the home side. “We had to invest a great deal, so it’s all the more satisfying to come from behind and win.”

Reaction to Mainz v Bayern

Pep Guardiola: “My compliments to Mainz! It was a very tough match. Mainz have plenty of quick players and they did very well getting in behind us. Looking back at the first half of the season, I’m very, very satisfied. Wherever we go, we play with real passion. We need to stay calm now and get ready for the second half of the season. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to everyone!”

Arjen Robben: “I’m pleased we’ve won, but I’m sorry for Mainz because they gave it everything and deserved a point. But that’s football. Our shape wasn’t very good in the first half, we left too many gaps in midfield and we couldn’t impose ourselves on the play. But all credit to the team! We came from behind and we’ve won again. We can go on holiday feeling proud and happy.”

Bastian Schweinsteiger: “We’re happy about scoring the goal we needed to win. It wasn’t easy but our determination was definitely there. I’ve not actually practised set pieces since the World Cup but Franck was a perfect gentleman, he left the free-kick to me and said: Score! It’s good we have a break now.”

Manuel Neuer: “We had to invest a great deal, so it’s all the more satisfying to come from behind and win. It’s just terrific that we scored the winner right at the end.”

Christian Heidel (Mainz general manager): “It was a nice evening until the last minute! That was tragic! No criticism of the team, they threw everything they had into it. Bayern have rarely been kept so far from the danger zone as today. The ball somehow slithered through at the end.”

Elkin Soto (Mainz goalscorer): “We played very well. We’ve given a very good account of ourselves, but we head for home in despondent mood. We’d have really liked a point tonight. Now we have to go for it with everything we’ve got after the winter break.”

Johannes Geis (Mainz captain): “We battled away, we restricted them to very few chances, and then we’ve let in a bad goal. It leaves a bitter taste. We were determined and got at them from a solid defensive platform. But at the end of the day we’ve not taken a point. After Christmas we have to play just like we did today.”