Julian Nagelsmann: A very good team spirit

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Five goals scored and a clean sheet to boot! It was a wholly successful evening for FC Bayern in their DFB Cup opener - a 5-0 away win against Viktoria Köln. Unsurprisingly, the coach and players were in high spirits after commandingly sweeping into the second round. "I'm very happy! It feels good," enthused returning midfielder Leon Goretzka. Julian Nagelsmann was also happy with the team spirit: "The team has very good energy, real togetherness, even though there's lots of competition in the ranks." fcbayern.com has more reaction below.

Reaction from the Bayern camp:

Julian Nagelsmann: "I think Viktoria did well in the early stages of the game. Despite that, we controlled the game and had the necessary patience. If you score early, a game like that is easier to handle. We took a relatively long time to get going and then scored two beautiful goals before the break. That was important. The team has very good energy, real togetherness, even though there's lots of competition in the ranks. That's good, but it's also not easy for me."

Leon Goretzka: "I'm very happy! It feels good. It wasn't easy. Actually, I felt great in pre-season and then I was stuck on the sidelines. I feel super fit now. Now the season can begin for me, too. We have great chemistry as a team. There is this spirit in the team - everyone wants to play and everyone wants everyone else to score. You could see that again today. We want to make it as difficult as possible for the coach to decide who to play, and we're currently on the right track."

Matthijs de Ligt: "It was good. The game felt good for me. The first 30 minutes were a bit tough. But it's always important to stay positive and that's what we did today. After the first two goals we did well."

Reaction from the Viktoria Köln camp:

Olaf Janßen (Viktoria Köln head coach): "If I'm completely honest, I knew how brutal it would be to play against FC Bayern, as a third-division team. I'd hoped that my players would be brave and not cower. They didn't. We were true to our style, defended as much as we could. We can be very proud. We wanted to earn respect and we did. To be able to play against world-class players like these is an honour."

Marcel Risse (Viktoria Köln captain): "A defeat never feels good. We gave a great account of ourselves. Especially in the first half, we earned an enormous amount of respect from the fans. We defended well, but to concede two before half-time was, of course, very annoying."

Simon Handle (Viktoria Köln midfielder): "I think we played against one of the best teams in the world today and it really showed. It's a great moment for us, a real bonus of a game that we earned last year. We should just enjoy the experience. We played well, especially in the first half."

Ben Voll (Viktoria Köln goalkeeper): "We can be proud of ourselves today, even if that sounds strange when you lose 5-0. We didn't give them too much and defended well, especially in the first half. In the second half, we didn't have enough energy. That's when it became tough."

The match report:


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