Niklas Süle: We expected more today
Second draw this league campaign, 72nd league match in a row scoring at least one goal and in the end a fair result and spoils shared in a top match. After the 1-1 draw between FC Bayern and Bayer 04 Leverkusen, those involved agreed that "a point is a fair result", as Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann said after the game. Read what scorer Niklas Süle, who scored his first goal of the season, said after the match and what Serge Gnabry, Sven Ulreich and the Leverkusen camp thought after the game here:
Reaction from the Bayern camp:
Julian Nagelsmann:"The final ball didn't always come off today, so we didn't finish the ball off very often. Leverkusen were very defensive in the second half and waited for counterattacks. You always have to be careful with that style of football. Overall, we lacked a bit of bite. The point is a fair result for both teams. Thomas' own goal shows that it can even happen to the best. It's unfortunate, of course, but it happens. Generally, we had a lot of 50/50 situations where we made the wrong decisions - for example, whether to play a pass backwards or forwards. We often chose the more adventurous of the two because Bayern players believe in their abilities to make passes like that. That's good of course, but we have to make the right decisions again more frequently."
Niklas Süle:"We had one of our best 30 minutes this season. After their lucky equaliser we collapsed a bit and lost the ball far too easily. We allowed them to get back into the game. We shouldn't let it happen. In the second half, we came out and controlled the game a bit better. We expected more from today. We've played some very good football this season, especially here at home. And then we occasionally get one of those phases when you're less confident in your game, when you get hit by setbacks, that can happen sometimes. We played a top team and dominated the second half. Still, it wasn't enough."
Serge Gnabry: "We are not 100% satisfied, of course we wanted to win and build on the lead we have at the top of the Bundesliga. But of course Leverkusen are a very good side who can make it difficult for us. In the first half, Leverkusen had a few chances, in the end we can also count ourselves lucky. When their equaliser comes out of thin air like that, it takes a the wind out of our sails and gives the opponent the confidence to up their game. We should have put the same pressure on them as we did in the first 30 minutes. We didn't manage that."
Sven Ulreich: "We expected more here at home - and in fact in the first 30 minutes we played really well. Then we lost our mojo a bit and didn't play with the same type of consistency. In the end a draw was a fair result, but we came away a bit disappointed. We wanted to go into the game today and get three points to build on our lead at the top. Now we're just happy to have come away with the one point."
Reaction from the Leverkusen camp:
Gerardo Seoane (Bayer 04 Leverkusen head coach): "I'm not disappointed, though we could have had more, if you look at the chances we created. But still, we're satisfied with the 1-1 draw. We adapted our system because of Bayern's strengths, so that we could control their wings better. The five-man backline, two number sixes and three fast players up front was the best solution for us. For me, that's the only way to be dangerous away from home against Bayern."
Jonathan Tah (Bayer 04 Leverkusen): "We knew we would suffer. And suffer we did until the end. It wasn't easy."
Kerem Demirbay (Bayer 04 Leverkusen):"That goal gave us more energy, a lift. We knew then that something was on. We didn't want to hide and tried instead to be aggressive. We're a very good footballing team. We struggled in the first 15 minutes, but the free kick got us back into the game."
The match report: