Kovac: The goals stripped us of our confidence
FC Bayern fell 3-0 to Borussia Mönchengladbach, suffering the first home defeat this season. The German record champions got off to a promising start and dominated proceedings at the beginning, but their performance was not enough to take points. "The goals we conceded in the first half stripped us of our confidence," analysed Niko Kovac. Manuel Neuer agreed but also saw positive aspects: "You can tell every player wants it, everybody's motivated and has the right attitude."
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Niko Kovac:"We got off to a good start, and then it was the same as against Augsburg and Hertha Berlin: we made individual mistakes, and you get punished fot them at this level, in the Bundesliga. Besides, we failed to take our chances. The goals we conceded in the first half stripped us of our confidence. Gladbach did a very good job, with a tight midfield, they doubled up on us on the wings, so it was hard to find a way through. That's why we have to accept this defeat, which really hurts."
Manuel Neuer:"We got off to a good start. We condeded the first goal out of nothing and did not find a way through up front. We didn't have clear-cut chances. Then we conceded the second one and had to chase them again. You can tell every player wants it, everybody's motivated and has the right attitude. The second goal was a punch in the face, it had an impact on us. It wasn't exactly easier to play then. After half-time we wanted to play as we did in the beginning. We had our chances in the last few matches, we just failed to take them. We didn't even create these chances today. That's not Bayern, and it's not enough."
Dieter Hecking (Mönchengladbach coach): "It was a very good team performance, we defended incredibly well. Bayern put us under permanent pressure but we didn't allow big chances. We did a very good job. We had hoped to catch them off guard by switching play. In addition, we converted our first two chances. We did an outstanding job."
Lars Stindl (Mönchengladbach captain):"I was glad to play again at last. We wanted to have men over in midfield. My task was to secure possession up front. You must be in possession in Munich, we staged good counters again and again. I've always wanted to win a match here. It's a snapshot in time before the international break, but I'm sure we'll put it in the right context."