Flick: It's a sign that we have to persevere
Yet another record! Bayern Munich achieved six wins out of six in the Champions League group phase, their best performance ever in this stage of the competition, capped off with a 3-1 home victory against Tottenham Hotspur. After consecutive Bundesliga defeats to Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach, interim coach Hansi Flick described the result as a "sign that we must persevere". fcbayern.com has compiled the reaction to the match.
Hansi Flick: "All credit to the team, especially after how unlucky we've been in the last two games. It was important for us to keep playing the way we've been playing, defending from the front, and be aggressive in our pressure on our opponents. We didn't get everything right today, but we won and that's a sign that we have to keep going. We now have three games until the winter break to switch our attention to. With every added game, the players' workload increases, so we have to focus and make sure that the eleven players that start on Saturday will get us three points against Bremen."
Hasan Salihamidžić: "We're the first German side to win all six group matches. You have to congratulate the team for their acheivement. We played well. We were in control for large parts of the game, created lots of chances and deserved to win. The way we played, with the midfield providing so much creativity, that was really good to see. The victory was important and gives us much-needed confidence for the upcoming Bundesliga fixtures."
Thomas Müller: "For us it was absolutely essential to win today, and we want to end the year with four victories from our last four games, to finish on a high. We wanted the result to reflect that the way we're playing is the right way for us to play. Today we had bad luck in parts, but we got through it."
Manuel Neuer: "It's historic for us. We didn't just want to break the record in the group, we want to win every game. It's fantastic, of course, that things have worked out so well in the group stage. We played really well and really consistently in all six Champions League games. Now we have three more important games [until the end of the year] and we have to put our all into winning all of them."
José Mourinho, Tottenham Hotspur manager: "This was the first time that some of my players had played a game for me. It's important for me to see how these players get on, learn about them. The fact that we'd already qualified against Olympiacos last matchday gave us the opportunity to come here and take a few risks. I am satisfied with the decision that I made. We think that it was the best decision for our side. I've learnt a lot today, I'm happy. I hope we can come back here in the quarterfinals or semifinals to play a proper match."