Flick: I can't blame the team
FC Bayern took 23 shots and hit the woodwork three times on Saturday but lost 2-1 to Bayer Leverkusen despite their dominance on Matchday 13. "We were just too wasteful with our chances," said Bayern coach Hansi Flick. fcbayern.com has compiled the statements after the first defeat under the 54-year-old.
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Hansi Flick: "We were negligent twice in the first half, Leverkusen exploited that. We knew they're strong at turnovers. But I can't blame my team. It was an entertaining match, also for the spectators, but with a bad end for us. We were just too wasteful with our chances. We'll analyse the match thoroughly."
Manuel Neuer: "We could have achieved more. Luck wasn't on our side today. We played a few bad passes in the first half, allowing Leverkusen to stage counters. We turned in a very decent display in the second half, we got a grip. Hrádecky played very well of course, and we hit the woodwork many times, we just didn't score the goals. We must pick up where we left off in the last few matches and in the second half today."
Thomas Müller: "We had enough chances. Nobody could have complained if we had won 4-2 or 5-2. We were up against very quick opponents, they were very efficient in the first half, whereas we displayed surprising inefficiency."
Peter Bosz (Bayer Leverkusen coach): "Today we had the luck we lacked in the last few weeks. We performed well in the first 30 minutes, we were bold, put them under pressure and scored. We eased off and opened up too much space then. The team showed character and the right mentality. A big compliment to the lads."
Kevin Volland (Bayer Leverkusen): "We gave it everything, we're happy we've taken the points. You just need some luck to win here, that's clear. We annoyed them in the first half and could have even made it 3-1 early in the second half. Bayern upped the pressure then. We were tenacious and had the bit of luck you need."