'It's always important to have a good start to the season'

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FC Bayern took the first three points this season, displaying a lot of passion and playing good football. The German record champions were satisfied after the 3-1 victory over Hoffenehim. "It's always important to have a good start to the season," said Niko Kovac: "It was an entertaining match, and it was a deserved victory, even by this margin," analysed the FCB coach.

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Niko Kovac: "It was an entertaining match, and it was a deserved victory, even by this margin. But it wasn't as clear-cut as the scoreline suggests. Hoffenheim did a decent job, especially between the 46th and the 70th minute. We failed to find solutions then. It's always important to have a good start to the season. We were dominant in the first half and allowed them few chances. The last 20 minutes of the second half were okay too. "

Thomas Müller:"We analysed Hoffenheim beforehand of course, our coach presented 1899 well, we had respect for them. We tried to neutralise their two central players, that worked well. We set up sustained passing combinations and controlled the game, especially in the first half, but we should have scored one more goal. We delivered too few low crosses in the second half. It was an eventful match, the players and fans surely had fun. Nobody could complain if every Bundesliga match was like that. We've got the drive, we're fired up."

Julian Nagelsmann (Hoffenheim coach): "We didn't play as we had planned in the first half. We didn't play boldly, we didn't have enough possession, so we had to chase the ball. We deservedly conceded the opener. We were much bolder then and put Bayern under enormous pressure. Bayern weren't in control in our half any longer. Then we saw frantic 20 minutes. Taken altogether the victory wasn't undeserved."

Niko Schulz (Hoffenheim defender):"We didn't have much grip in the first half, we weren't aggressive enough. We started well after half-time and scored the equaliser. But we should have done a better job then and taken the lead, we were in control in that period. We should have done a better job up front."