Kimmich: The character of this team is superb
"The character of the team is superb," said a delighted Joshua Kimmich after the 3-1 victory at SpVgg Greuther Fürth, in a game that saw Bayern go down to ten men. The FC Bayern team once again proved its outstanding mentality to recover from the red card early in the second half, the referee giving Benjamin Pavard his marching orders (48'). Despite being outnumbered for more than 40 minutes, the Munich side even managed to go 3-0 up courtesy of an own goal. "We scored three goals and showed a good attitude," concurred Thomas Müller and sent a warning to the competition: "We can still play more flowing football" fcbayern.com has reaction from the game here.
Reaction from the Bayern camp:
Julian Nagelsmann: "In the end, it's important to have won against a newly-promoted side and to have done so in a game where we finished with ten men. We started well. After the goal, Fürth lost their sense of respect for us and played very well. We're happy about the three points, Fürth asked a lot of us. We would have liked to have kept a clean sheet, but we stayed ahead throughout. So, all's well"
Thomas Müller: "It looks quite good. We scored three goals and showed a good attitude. In the first half, we didn't make enough of it when we had space. We wasted a lot of chances. That's annoying. Despite being a man down, we made it 3-0, which gives you a good feeling. Then we got in between the lines better, but sometimes we were too sloppy. It's nitpicking really, but we can still play more flowing football. We're happy with how it's going, but we always have to take the next step and improve."
Joshua Kimmich: "It wasn't a brilliant performance, but we were always in control of the game. Even when we were a man down, we had everything under control. We made a few too many mistakes, especially towards the end of the first half. That's how we kept inviting pressure from Fürth. But all in all, we deserved to win. The character of the team is superb. We have players who are hungry and want to improve. We want to win trophies and matches, even if we're the clear favourites going into the game. At the moment we're in a good place, but we haven't played all our games with this level of conviction thus far."
Reaction from the Fürth camp:
Stefan Leitl (Greuther Fürth head coach): "It was a clear improvement on previous weeks. We took the first step against Wolfsburg, the second against Hertha and the third today. Bayern are a world-class team. We had many good pressing moments and were brave. A little critique of my team though: we had a man over for a long period. We could have done better there."
Sascha Burchert (Greuther Fürth goalkeeper): "We tried to pose problems for Bayern. It's disappointing that the first goal was a counter-attack. Nevertheless, we can take a few positives from today. For example, our attempts to score more goals. Overall, we played decently."
Sebastian Griesbeck (Greuther Fürth midfielder): "We tried to keep it 0-0 for as long as possible. That didn't work well. As a result, we trailed early. Against one of the best teams in the world, that makes it tough."
The match report: