Flick: We took advantage of results around us
FC Bayern rounded off a busy week and stretched their lead! The Bavarains added another three points to their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table with an emphatic 4-0 (1-0) win at FC Schalke 04 on Sunday, taking another step towards their ninth consecutive championship. They now sit seven points clear. "We now have a certain cushion, but it's still important to approach every game the way we've approached the last few games," said coach Hansi Flick after the final whistle.
Reaction from the Bayern camp
Hansi Flick:"After two defeats it was important that we got some stability back. We've now kept two clean sheets in a row. Of course I'm happy that we were able to pick up nine points this week. We're happy with the result today, but we can still do one or two things better, especially how we position ourselves in possession. We took advantage of league results around us. We now have a cushion of sorts, but it's still important to approach every game the way we approached the last few games, that we want to perform at 100 percent. We'll take two days off now. It's important to clear our heads. From Wednesday, we'll then do some intensive preparation ahead of the Hoffenheim game."
Manuel Neuer: "The first half was good, like against Augsburg. Unfortunately, we only led 1-0. It was more difficult against Augsburg because we had to fight until the end. Today we were able to add to the score and still had one or two chances to score more. If you'd offered us a 4-0 win before the game, we would have certainly taken it."
Thomas Müller: "We laid siege on our opponent's goal in the first half and created a few good chances, but the final ball right at the end was lacking. It was a game in which there were a few lapses of concentration. Overall, you could see that when we picked up the tempo and played our passes, we were always able to get into good finishing positions. We did well through the week, won all three games and took a huge step forward in the table. That's what counts."
Reaction from the Schalke camp:
Christian Gross (FC Schalke 04 head coach): "We did some things well, but also some things badly. When we conceded goals, we made it too easy for our opponents. We were good in terms of our defensive solidity, but not good enough yet."
Ralf Fährmann (FC Schalke 04):"We deserved to concede two goals, the other two were unnecessary. The bottom line is that we played against FC Bayern today. For us, the important games are up next, like against Bremen. Bayern were the better team and deserved to win."
Bayern stroll to victory: