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Reaction to Mainz v FCB

‘We played well for 85 minutes’

FC Bayern have continued their winning streak in the Bundesliga. The record champions are on maximum points so far this season after a clear-cut 3-0 victory in Mainz, and are top of the table with 21 points. Robert Lewandowski (two goals) and Kingsley Coman scored, sealing the seventh win in seven league games for the men from Munich. “We controlled the match well, we allowed few chances and few counter-attacks,” head coach Pep Guardiola commented after the game.

Reaction to Mainz v Bayern:

Pep Guardiola: “It was quite difficult here, Mainz are a very physical and dynamic team. We played well for 85 minutes, in the first five minutes after the break it seemed as if we hadn’t yet fully returned to the pitch. I’m very, very satisfied today because I know how hard it is to win in Mainz. We controlled the match well, we allowed few chances and few counter-attacks. We had enough chances of our own to win the game. It’s three more points, and now we focus on the next match.”

Philipp Lahm: “It’s always hard to win in the Bundesliga, away in particular, and especially when your opponents start so well. In the second half we noticed that Mainz ran out of steam. We had more room to play as a consequence, and we have the quality to take advantage of that. It’s nice to have won all our games, with a clean sheet today as well, and to lead the standings by a few points now.”

Robert Lewandowski: “I’m very pleased with my two goals. The first half wasn’t so easy, Mainz did well. After the first goal it was easier.”

Martin Schmidt (Mainz head coach): “We have to focus on the next game now! We tried to keep up. In the first half it worked quite well. Against Bayern you have to make the most of your chances. It was difficult after the first goal. We made every effort, but we still have to accept the 3-0 defeat. I think it was too easy for our opponents when they scored.

Julian Baumgartlinger (Mainz captain): “The first half was really fun, we restricted them to very few chances. Unfortunately we earn any reward in the second half.”