'Proactive and serious' for Cup record
Statistically speaking, the home game against VfL Wolfsburg was a clear affair. 17-7 on shots, 21-10 on crosses and 75 per cent possession for Bayern. The result was a bit tighter as it ended just 1-0 after 90 minutes thanks to Douglas Costa’s strike in the 17th minute. But it was enough to extend the Reds’ unbeaten run in the DFB Cup to 26 games and secure a tenth consecutive quarter-final appearance – both records!
“Our performance wasn’t brilliant but it was okay. We were proactive and serious,” said Thomas Müller, who spoke of a “step in the right direction.” Philipp Lahm was of the same opinion: “We showed a reaction to the recent games. The team was aggressive again and was better in its challenges. I’ve got a good feeling for the future.”
For 80 minutes FCB dominated the game against the Wolves as Thiago made his return from injury. “We controlled the game. We tried to open up the Wolfsburg defence. We were just lacking that second goal,” said Carlo Ancelotti.
“Can do better”
“We missed several opportunities to put the games to bed. We had some big chances,” said a worked-up Mats Hummels. The centre-back was also critical that the team were “too careless” in the closing minutes, and it nearly took its toll. Manuel Neuer made two late saves to prevent an equaliser.
"Our approach was good. We did everything well but 1-0 is dangerous,” said Arjen Robben, who knows, “we have to do better.” That is especially when looking forward to the Champions League last 16 tie against Arsenal next week. Uli Hoeneß is confident the Reds will improve thanks to the constant run of games: “I think things will get better because of all the games we have coming now.”