Flick: Keep a clean sheet!
FC Bayern enjoyed a successful Bundesliga restart, beating Union Berlin 2-0. "It was a workmanlike but deserved victory," commented Bayern head coach Hansi Flick. "We could have played better, but we deservedly won the match," said captain Manuel Neuer. fcbayern.com has compiled the statements after Bayern's victory away to Union.
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Hansi Flick:"It was a workmanlike but deserved victory. We struggled at first, but I must pay my team a compliment on the 90 minutes. We could surely be heard shouting, 'Lads, you need to keep a clean sheet.' So at the end of the day I'm satisfied with the result."
Manuel Neuer:"We're glad we were dominant and deservedly took the three points. We could have played better, but we deservedly won the match. We're used to a different atmosphere at this stadium. But it's down to us, it's a question of motivation, of attitude and of being aware of what kind of match it is. We're trying to do out best of course, we've worked very hard, and now we want to live up to our full potential. It's a new situation, we have to cope with it. One of the nine matchdays is over. We shouldn't write off any team."
Thomas Müller:"We travelled here to take three points, we've achieved that. There was room for improvement here and there, especially in the first 25 minutes, we resorted to too many long balls then. We improved a bit after that. We were more confident after the opener, we should have scored another goal before half-time. Our display was okay but there was certainly room for improvement. We were excited, just like before Matchday 1 in August. Both teams coped really well with the circumstances. Our focus is on the sport as soon as the ball rolls. Of course the fans can give us some extra momentum, but we must ignore that. We're four points clear, we took another step towards our big goal today."
Marcus Hoffmann, Union Berlin assistant coach:"We imposed our play to some extent, they resorted to long balls. We involved them in many one-on-ones and disrupted their rhythm again and again. It may not have been attractive but it was important for our play. We too had our chances."
Neven Subotić, Union Berlin:"The whole procedure is different, a lot was missing. We saw what makes our job so special: the fans. But it's our job to play football and put up a fight. It's in our nature, we saw that today. I hope it was an exciting match for the fans at home. At least it felt really good out on the pitch."
Successful restart: the match report