Flick: We're on a great run
Cup holders FC Bayern beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 on Wednesday, sealing a cup final berth in Berlin. "At the end of the day it was a deserved victory," Hansi Flick commented after the final whistle. Bayern were dominant in the first half but had to up the ante after Frankfurt levelled the scores with 20 minutes to go. "We stepped on the gas after the equaliser," said Thomas Müller.
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Hansi Flick: "It was a cup match, our opponents pressed very well, we were reeling at times. But at the end of the day it was a deserved victory. We should have taken our chances and scored one or two more goals, the second half would have been different then. But I still have to pay my team a huge compliment. We're on a great run, the players are doing a very, very good job, so we can accept the second half. The main thing was to advance after such a cup fight. It's the step we wanted to take: toward the final in Berlin."
Thomas Müller: "Frankfurt showed a lot of fatigue in the first half. We were fresher, we should have taken a bigger lead. But we too were tired and fatigued after the last few weeks, unfortunately it was similar in the second half. We were unusually sloppy. Our pressing wasn't deserving of our name. Our defenders did a good job. They stifled a lot, but in terms of our play, the final ball, we can be anything but satisfied. We stepped on the gas after the equaliser."
David Alaba: "All together, we deservedly left the pitch as winners. We should have finished the game off earlier, in the first half. We created a number of chances but failed to take them. We were one up at half-time, we knew it wouldn't be easy."
Alphonso Davies: "Frankfurt are very strong opponents, and not only on paper. We had to push to our limits. We've worked hard in this competition, and the final is the reward. I absolutely wanted to go to Berlin. It's a dream come true. We'll be fully motivated, as always, to come out on top in the final too."
Adi Hütter (Eintracht Frankfurt head coach): "We played really well in the second half and deserved to equalise. We can be very proud because many people didn't think we'd be able to cope. We took Bayern to the brink of defeat. Nevertheless, we're leaving the pitch as losers, and that hurts. It hurts that we won't be able to play on the European stage next season. We have to live with a season like that. We're not quite satisfied."
Sebastian Rode: "It's extremely bitter. The second goal was too easy. That was a small blow to the jugular. But we put up a good fight. The opportunity was there. It's a shame we didn't take it."
Timothy Chandler: "We were bold in the second half, we came right out of the blocks, we pressed high and played vertically. Had we played it that way in the first half, the game might have been even tighter. In the first half time we were not so brave. We quickly lost the ball, although we made some good moves. I'm proud of the team. We gave it everything. Now we have to keep working and pick up points in the Bundesliga."
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