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Reaction to Hoffenheim v FCB

Coach: I’m very proud of my players

Bayern’s 2-0 victory away to 1899 Hoffenheim represented another giant stride towards the Bavarians’ 25th German championship, with Sebastian Rode taking the man of the match honours in Sinsheim. “I really enjoyed it,” said the scorer of the opening goal, who quickly identified the crucial factors on the afternoon: “The most important thing was the three points and a good feeling for Tuesday.”

Reaction to Hoffenheim v FCB

Pep Guardiola: “We played very well in the first half and had the game under control. The second half was very complicated because our legs were heavy. I’m very proud of my players. We now have our most important game in the Champions League. Obviously it’ll be difficult, but it’s a big target for us.”

Sebastian Rode: “I really enjoyed it. I played from the start and I scored so it’s twice as good. I put the shot exactly where I wanted. But the most important thing was the three points and a good feeling for Tuesday.”

Markus Gisdol (Hoffenheim coach): “We made a good start, although Bayern naturally had most of the possession. That’s normal. We defended well as a team and stopped them creating many chances, but we didn’t make enough of the openings that came our way. Chasing the game after going a goal down was hard work.”

Kevin Volland (Hoffenheim): “Our game plan was to tempt them to come at us but we ended up dropping too deep. Especially towards the end of the first half we let them pen us back into our own final third, and that’s where Bayern make best use of the space. We showed a little more courage after the break, but we also didn’t create any more clear-cut chances. It leaves a bitter taste after all the effort and the ground we covered. We gave it everything we had today.”