Flick: We laid down a marker!
FC Bayern got the 2020/21 Bundesliga season off to a bang with a stunning performance. At the Allianz Arena, the men from Munich defeated FC Schalke 04 8-0 on Friday night, breaking the record for the highest-ever victory in the opening game of a league season. "We wanted to show that we are up for this season too. I'm glad that we brought such a performance to the pitch today," coach Hansi Flick said afterwards. New arrival Leroy Sané, who scored his first goal on his competitive Bayern debut, summed it up in a nutshell: "It was a very good day, a good game, many goals. We didn't ease off at all." fcbayern.com has collated the best quotes after the match.
Reaction to the victory over Schalke
Oliver Kahn: "It's amazing how the team have immediately built on last season's performances. We had a very short pre-season. The fact that the team is already capable of such a performance is deserving of all credit. The boys simply have fun and enjoy this game. They want to improve themselves and always up the ante. Today was Leroy Sané's debut. This also leads to some changes within the team. He wants to show that he is ready right from the beginning."
Hansi Flick: "We have done excellently. Before the game we said we wanted to lay down a marker, and we did so with aplomb. We wanted to show that we are also ready for this season. I'm glad that we've brought such a performance onto the pitch today.
Leroy Sané: "I'm very happy. The team was already top last year with very good players and very good cohesiveness. The boys are still hungry, even though they won the treble. To start off like that at home against Schalke is great. It felt very good to finally play football together with the boys. It was a very good day, a good game, many goals. We didn't ease off at all. Of course I want to go full throttle, but I'm not quite at 100 percent yet. I always want to give my best, help the team play well and win.
Quotes from the Schalke camp:
David Wagner (FC Schalke head coach): “It was a poor performance, we didn’t play well. Bayern were in outstandingly good form. At the moment they’re probably the world’s best team, they showed that today. We must lick our wounds and show a reaction next time.”
Benjamin Stambouli: “Bayern aren’t only the best team in the Bundesliga but the best team in Europe, in the world. We were up against a fantastic team. We must learn from that, from the experiences we made today. It’s always tough to lose in such a way. We must look ahead. We play football to win and have fun. It wasn’t fun today. We have to accept that.”
Bastian Oczipka: “It was a very bitter start. It was clear it would be hard to stand our ground against the Treble winners. But it’s a terrible result, there's no other way of putting it.”
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