Nagelsmann: "It was an important and nice win"
It was a back-and-forth match on Saturday, but in the end, Bayern claimed a 3-2 win at home to RB Leipzig. The visitors twice equalised at the Allianz Arena before the Bundesliga champions had the final say. It wasn’t “mega deserved but also not undeserved. Both teams had chances to win, ” said Julian Nagelsmann analysing the game and speaking of an “important and nice win”. It means three valuable points remain in Munich, which also delighted the captain. “We can be pleased with this victory because it’s always a signal to other teams,” Manuel Neuer added. fcbayern.com has all the reaction to the game.
Reaction to the game against Leipzig
Julian Nagelsmann: “On the whole it was a very intense game. I don’t think the win was mega deserved but also not undeserved. Both teams had chances to win. A draw also would’ve been okay. We often played forwards too quickly in the first half and played too many risky passes. It meant the loss of possession rate was really high. It was much better in the second half, we had more patience. In terms of defensive demands, both teams had too many chances. It was an important and nice win.”
Manuel Neuer: “Of course, you always prefer to keep a clean sheet. The first goal was unfortunate for us but is part of football. It was the sort of game I like. Despite having so many attack-minded players, we performed well defensively. So, I’m pleased and happy with the win because it’s always a signal to other teams.”
Thomas Müller: “Both teams showed an attractive game, were very similar in approach – also the way the chances came about. Both teams always tried to press in an attacking way after losing possession and force mistakes. All in all, we deserved to win. Of course, Leipzig could’ve scored a couple goals more, but so could we. Leipzig are one of the top teams in the league. We’re pleased about an important three points. It was super with the fans today, a super feeling. When the ball goes in the net and the lights flash and the people are there - It’s worth all the hard graft.”
Joshua Kimmich: “I would‘ve preferred it to be not as exiting. We did a bit better in the second half. Both teams had chances. After going 3-2 up, we controlled it quite well. It was good to watch for the neutrals. Leipzig started well and will definitely pick up points. That’s why we’re pleased we won against a strong opponent.”
Oliver Minztlaff (RB Leipzig managing director): “We played a decent away game here at Bayern. We’ll take that. It’s annoying we made the mistakes in build-up play that then led to us conceding.”
Domenico Tedesco (RB Leipzig head coach): “All in all, it’s a shame that we basically scored two own goals. Bayern normally don’t need that sort of help. We knew Bayern would press us high. We wanted to tease them a couple of times. We generally did well, but it’s always rubbish when you lose.”
Konrad Laimer (RB Leipzig): “It hurts when we lose. And it’s stupid the way we conceded the goals. There was more in this for us. When you give a team like that such turnovers of possession, then you’ll be punished. We also had chances of our own.”
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