Created on 07-12-2019 at 18:30 PM
Bayern were dominant in the first half but ultimately failed to take points from the top clash away to Borussia Mönchengladbach. The visitors created a string of chances in the first half but did not convert them, and the day turned sour when the hosts converted a late penalty to win 2-1. "We failed to reward ourselves," commented Joshua Kimmich. "It's frustrating of course," coach Hansi Flick said after the final whistle: "But ultimately goals are what counts in football."
Reaction to Gladbach v Bayern
Hansi Flick: "On the one hand it's important we play well. We did so in the first half, we created a number of chances. Of course it's frustrating that we didn't convert the chances, we kept Gladbach in the game. We should have closed it out early, as we should have done against Leverkusen last week. The team have the quality to score goals, but they aren't putting it into practice at the moment. But ultimately goals are what counts in football."
Manuel Neuer: "We lacked composure. We should have pushed on when we scored the opener. We shouldn't have waited. There's no point running down the clock, considering how we play. We can attack well, we can press high up the field and create chances. But we waited for too long after taking the lead in the second half, so Gladbach upped the pressure."
Joshua Kimmich: "I'm incredibly annoyed. We played very well in the first half, we had many chances but failed to reward ourselves. We deservedly took the lead after half-time. Gladbach got a grip then but didn't have outstanding chances. We performed well in the last two matches but lost both."
Joshua Kimmich was about to celebrate midway through the first half, but Gladbach keeper Yann Sommer scrambled the ball off the line.
Thomas Müller: "It's depressing to lose the match in this situation. After the goal we didn't control the match as we did in the first 50 minutes. Then we conceded a goal from a set-piece, which is deadly, and towards the end we conceded a penalty. Football is fast-paced, especially during matches. At the end of the day we're empty-handed despite the good display."
Marco Rose (Borussia Mönchengladbach coach): "We saw two different halves. We didn't have a grip in the first half. What you set out to do against Bayern and how you put it into practice are two different pairs of shoes. We were punished when they took the lead in the 49th minute. We clawed our way back and levelled the scores from a set-piece. Then we pushed for a winner and rewarded ourselves with the converted penalty. At the end of the day it was a lucky victory, but it really boosts our development."
Ramy Bensebaini (Borussia Mönchengladbach): "Bayern are very strong in every respect. They can dominate anyone. But we were well-prepared and put up a fight. We did quite well. I hope it'll go on like that."