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Olympiacos reaction

‘It’s always good to start with a win’

FC Bayern posted an ultimately comfortable 3-0 win away to Olympiacos on Wednesday night in a perfect start to the new Champions League campaign. “We were totally in control and made enough chances to win it,” said boss Pep Guardiola, describing himself as “very, very pleased” with the victory in the club’s 200th Champions League match. Two-goal Thomas Müller was “delighted to come away from here with three points.”

Pep Guardiola: “The first Champions League match in the group stage is always tough. Olympiacos hadn’t lost since April and won their last six Champions League matches at home. We were totally in control, they barely created anything and we made enough chances to win it. The second goal from Mario wrapped it up. All credit to my players. It’s a first step and I’m very, very pleased.”

Philipp Lahm: “We kept it very tight in defence and stopped our opponents getting at us on the break. That’s vital against this kind of team. Even when you’re in possession you have to be thinking about defending, and for long spells we did that very, very well. The atmosphere was a dream, just fantastic. You really enjoy your football when it’s like that, and I reckon it was obvious the whole team did just that.”

Thomas Müller: “I have to be honest and say the ball bobbled slightly before the opening goal. It was a little bit lucky but very important for us. We had difficulties in attack today because Olympiacos left us no space in the middle. It wasn’t easy in that atmosphere. Olympiacos had won all their last six home matches, but overall we controlled the game. We’re delighted to come away from here with three points. Winning the opening match is always important.

David Alaba: “We knew we would play opponents who were very strong in defence, so we’d have to be patient. It wasn’t easy here. We had to build up our moves from the back. I think we did it quite well.”