Guardiola: That was an important step

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Bayern turned in a terrific team display to secure a narrow 1-0 victory away to Dortmund on Matchday 27. "Winning in Dortmund is always a bit special," commented Philipp Lahm afterwards, "it was a hard-working victory." Pep Guardiola was delighted with "an important step" towards defending the league title. The coach was pleased with all his men but singled out Dante for special praise: "He's not played much recently, but he's vital for us. I'd like 1,000 Dantes in my team."

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Pep Guardiola: "We've taken an important step today and now need four more wins from our last seven matches to finish as champions. I'd much rather use a different game plan than we had today, but obviously I can only play with the team I have at my disposal. Winning in Dortmund is tough. We defended well in the second half but didn't actually play good football, although we put up stiff resistance and were a good team. I want to congratulate my players and dedicate this win to Dante. He's not played much recently, but he's vital for us. I'd like 1,000 Dantes in my team. Thiago was also out for a long time. He was unlucky, he was unlucky again and then he had even more bad luck. But he's back now and that's great news for us."

Philipp Lahm: "It was close right to the end. We defended well, only Marco Reus had the one chance from open play. We weren't good in possession today, and we had too little of the ball. It was a hard-working victory. Winning in Dortmund is always a bit special."

Jürgen Klopp (BVB coach): "The first ten minutes were totally OK. After that we weren't as determined, and we lacked penetration in the final third. The second half was OK. We pressed Bayern back for long spells, and we stifled their counter-attacks. Overall, the first ten minutes of the first half and the second half were decent to good -- and that's not enough against Bayern."

Mats Hummels (BVB captain): "Effectiveness made the difference today."

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