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‘Outstanding performances’

Salihamidžić on the Champions League, Bayern’s talents and forthcoming opponents

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Hasan Salihamidžić has described the Italian Cup winners Lazio as “tough opponents” after they were drawn as FC Bayern’s next hurdle in the Champions League Round of 16 on Monday. At the time of the draw, the FCB executive board member talked about about several subjects. fcbayern.com reports the key statements. 

Hasan Salihamidžić on...

…the Champions League group stage:
“No defeats, just one draw, outstanding performances - we are very happy to have come through it such a dominant and convincing way.”

… his highlights in the group stage:
“Basically, I was very happy we beat Atlético so convincingly. We demonstrated our qualities from the start. All games are important and I’m always happy when we are so dominant and score lots of goals. When you see we’ve got 16 points then that is an outstanding performance.”

… the Round of 16 opponents Lazio:
“They’re a tough opponent as you could see against Dortmund in the group. It’s always tough playing against Italian teams. It’s always nice to visit Rome. We’ve had very good experiences there in the Champions League up to now. We’ll be very well prepared for these games and are looking forward to the matches.”

… the up-and-coming talents at FC Bayern:
“We’re doing all we can to make sure our young players are educated well at the Campus, produce good performances in the U17, U19 and U23 teams and gain experience. The coach keeps his eye on everything and we’re obviously very happy the lads have have played [for the first team], which isn’t a given in this outstanding group.”

…the next game against VfL Wolfsburg:
“Wolfsburg have not lost in eleven games. We know how many good players they’ve got. They’re on a run and they managed to win their games in the end. They’re in good shape, including physically. They are dangerous up front and have a good striker in Weghorst. That’s always important for a team. It will be a difficult game on Wednesday.”

With nine goals in eleven games, Wout Weghorst is the top scorer this season for the as yet unbeaten VfL Wolfsburg.

…the last game of the year against Bayer Leverkusen:
“They are league leaders since this weekend. They’re doing very, very well, are dominant including in the Europa League. It will be an interesting game.”

On the last matchday before the Christmas break, FC Bayern play league leaders Bayer Leverkusen including the in-form Leon Bailey.

…the forthcoming short winter break:
“Every one of us will have a few days off. Obviously, we’ll still be available but that’s normal in this job. But I think we’ll allow ourselves a glass of wine at home and spend some quality time with our families and children.”

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