Kovač: It was a really good performance

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Bayern kicked off the 186th Oktoberfest season in fine style with a fully deserved 4-0 home victory over 1. FC Köln. “It was a really good performance today,” Niko Kovač enthused afterwards. The men from Munich dominated throughout and ultimately translated their superiority into goals, especially in the second period. “We deserved to win and the margin of victory was right. Let’s carry on like that,” commented Manuel Neuer.

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Niko Kovač: “It was a really good performance today, especially as we only had 72 hours to recover from [the Champions League match against Red Star Belgrade on] Wednesday. Köln did well, it wasn’t always easy to find the right solutions. We were better in the second half, we created good chances. 4-0 sounds a bit high, but actually we could have scored a goal or two more. Seven goals this week is something we can build on.”

Manuel Neuer: “We’ve done the job we had to do today, we played well, we deserved to win and the margin of victory was right. Let’s carry on like that.”

Robert Lewandowski: “We played well and perhaps should have already scored the second goal in the first half. In the second half we picked it up where we left off. We have a week off now and then three games in seven days, so we’ll have to be well prepared for that. I’m delighted about scoring again, but we’re still only five games into the campaign.”

Achim Beierlorzer (1. FC Köln coach): “4-0 feels extremely harsh on us. We’d really gotten into the game by the end of the first half and had some good shooting chances. Bayern scored three minutes into each half, we weren’t awake. The second goal from the corner hurt us badly. The penalty and the sending off turned the game completely in Bayern’s favour. A lot has to go your way in the course of the match if you’re to come away from here with a result, but the way we played today gives me encouragement for our forthcoming matches. I’m gutted about us not scoring at all today.”

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