Created on 28-07-2021 at 21:40 PM
In the penultimate friendly before the start of the new season, FC Bayern were beaten 2-0 by league rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach on Wednesday evening. Coach Julian Nagelsmann's FCB team continued to be without most of their European Championship players. Only Serge Gnabry made his first appearance after his post-tournament break. "We definitely defended better in the first half than in the last friendlies. But we didn't get in front of goal enough," Nagelsmann concluded. fcbayern.com has compiled the reaction from the game.
Reaction from the Bayern camp
"We won't be able to introduce so many new things at the beginning. We'll have to, and want to, fall back on what the boys are familiar with and then gradually develop through playing in the league day-to-day."
Julian Nagelsmann: "We defended much better in the first half than in the last few friendlies. We wanted to apply pressure early today and won the ball a lot. Gladbach didn't have many dangerous situations in the first half. But we didn't get in front of goal enough. We were not as proactive in the attacking third, but still had two or three good chances. At the beginning of the second half, we had two very good transition moments in which we couldn't get hold of the ball and then we conceded just before our subs came on. In the end, there were a lot of young players on the pitch again, for Gladbach too. There was a lot of back and forth and the structure was no longer there for both teams. All the international players are coming back now and we also have a few newcomers who have to be integrated. Of course, we have to start winning when competitive matches start. We won't be able to introduce so many new things at the beginning. We'll have to, and want to, fall back on what the boys are familiar with and then gradually develop through playing in the league day-to-day."
"Playing again after a few weeks without football and then also in front of fans was fun."
Serge Gnabry: "Playing again after a few weeks without football and then also in front of fans was fun. Of course it's a bit bumpy at the beginning, but I think it will come together in the next few weeks. It was a good game, we moved the ball and created chances. Credit to the young players as well, they played bravely. Of course, when the other guys come back, we'll try to get the guys up to speed as quickly as possible."
"I think we kept it tight until we conceded. Minor details then decided the game."
Bouna Sarr: "The performance in the first half was good. The result is not good, of course, but the most important thing in pre-season is to work on yourself physically, to get into the game and to be ready for the upcoming cup match. I think we kept it tight until we conceded. Minor details then decided the game."
Recation from the Gladbach camp:
Adi Hütter (Borussia Mönchengladbach head coach): "It was an interesting game between good teams. We were better in the second half. It was fun. We kept a clean sheet. It's a prestigious victory, nothing more. It would be even better if we can repeat that in a fortnight or so."
Hannes Wolf (Borussia Mönchengladbach): "It's always good to score in pre-season - against Bayern, it's even nicer. I had a feeling that the ball would go there. It was a great cross and I didn't have to do much more. Both teams were pretty mixed. Now most of the international players are back and things are really kicking off. In a fortnight it will be a different game. We had got a good feeling from today."
The match report: