'It was a step forward'

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FC Bayern maintained their eight-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga with a 2-0 victory over 17th-placed Hoffenheim. After the 17th victory in 19 league matches the German record champions are on track for their fourth championship title in a row. "We controlled the game and let them have very few chances," commented keeper Manuel Neuer after the match. It was a "good game," according to chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: "It was a step forward, and that was important."

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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge:"It was a good game today, a clear-cut and deserved victory even though the scoreline could have been higher. It was a step forward, and that was important."

Pep Guardiola:"Once again a huge compliment to my team. We attacked well, and our positional play was good. It's not easy against ten players in a tight defence."

Manuel Neuer:"It's not easy for us. We usually wait for the first goal and then get going. That wasn't the case today. We didn't have many big chances, but we controlled the game and let them have very few chances."

Huub Stevens (Hoffenheim coach): "I think I can be satisfied with my team's organisation in defence."

Oliver Baumann (Hoffenheim keeper):"If you lose you haven't done everything right. We wanted to rely on our compact formation, and we did it well most of the time. But we weren't able to defend in every situation. The defeat was deserved. An equaliser would have been lucky, even if we had a good chance in the second half. It's incredibly difficult here."


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