Bayern sent out a powerful signal to their European rivals on Tuesday night, downing Tottenham Hotspur by a crushing 7-2 scoreline and roaring to victory in their second Champions League group stage match. "We turned in a superb performance, we always put them under pressure and never eased off," four-goal Serge Gnabry commented following the gala display. "It was a moment of glory for German football," coach Niko Kovač said after the magical night.
Reaction to Tottenham v BayernHasan Salihamidžić:
"Manu \[Neuer\] kept us in the game in the first half-hour. We turned in a superb display after that. I'm proud of the team, our conversion of chances was fantastic. The match laid down a marker!"
"Nobody could have dreamed of this. We knew what awaited us here. It was a very intense match, Tottenham put us under heavy pressure. We lacked aggression at first. You have to stand your ground when playing in England. But the team did an extraordinary job from the 30th minute onwards. The second goal before half-time was crucial of course. We played according to plan after the break. It was a moment of glory for German football, but we must turn our focus to the Bundesliga from tomorrow onwards. We have ambitious goals this season, we want to achieve a lot."
"We turned in a superb performance, we always put them under pressure and never eased off, that's why we achieved a result like this. It was a superb evening for us. I've had to wait for my first Champions League goal for a long time, and yesterday I didn't even dream of scoring four at once."
"We weren't so dominant in the first half, Tottenham had a few good chances, they could have led at half-time. But we did a really good job in the second half. We were a bit more rigorous after the break, and Serge just had a superb day. But the other forwards and the subs too gave us confidence."
"Many people watch matches like this, we knew what awaited us. We played very, very well, not for 90, but for 60 minutes. I'm incredibly glad for Serge, it was his night. There are many things we have to improve, but this is a game that can boost us for the next few weeks. We can be proud of ourselves today."
"It was a match with many chances. Bayern were very ruthless. The second goal in the first half was decisive. We enjoyed a very good first half. We must analyse what happened in the second half. We're very disappointed, we aren't feeling good, but we must stay calm now."