Thomas Müller: We have to take a long, hard look at ourselves
"We gave it away today," Thomas Müller said, summing up the disappointment in the FC Bayern camp. Despite twice taking the lead and having the chance to add to their tally, the defending champions could only draw 2-2 with VfB Stuttgart. "We had enough chances to score a third," Julian Nagelsmann made clear. "We have to do better in our next game," added Matthijs de Ligt with an eye on Tuesday's Champions League clash with FC Barcelona. More reaction below.
Reaction from the Bayern camp:
Julian Nagelsmann: "We weren't great in the first 30 minutes, that's often the case after a Champions League game. Then we played very well for 15 minutes and deserved to be ahead. The first 15 minutes of the second half were also decent enough. We had enough chances to score a third. In the end, Stuttgart took a lot of risks, we had good chances on the counter, but lacked that bit of quality. It was one of those classic scenarios where you leave your opponent thinking there's still something left in the game for them, and they grab a draw with a penalty in stoppage time. We'll train tomorrow, train on Monday, prepare and try to come up with a good plan ahead of the Barcelona game."
Thomas Müller: "We gave it away today. For the first time, I'm annoyed with our performance. We have to understand that we play until the final whistle if we want to win every game - no matter how many times you play in a week. It was no spectacle. We should've scored one or two more goals. Manu [Neuer] didn't have much to do. We gave a few chances away to Stuttgart. I'm not happy. If we want to be back at the top of the table, we have to take a long, hard look at ourselves - every single one of us."
Serge Gnabry: "We just didn't manage to get the result over the line. We have to be more clinical and make sure we don't give the opponent a look-in. It's good that we're playing again on Tuesday. There's no time to grumble - we have to prepare straight away. I expect a big performance from us and our next win in the Champions League. We need to put the pedal to the metal."
Mathys Tel: "We weren't at our best, we can still improve. I'm very happy about my goal, there were a lot of positive emotions. I'm very happy to be part of FC Bayern, it's amazing to score for this legendary club. I hope I can continue to be an asset and do as much as I can for the team."
Matthijs de Ligt: "It was a difficult game, I'm not happy. When you draw 2-2, it's not good. We didn't make the most of our chances today. Stuttgart defended well and compactly. We didn't have the craft to make better use of our chances and create more opportunities. That's something we have to do better in our next game."
Reaction from the Stuttgart camp:
Sven Mislintat (VfB Stuttgart sporting director): "You need your goalkeeper in games like these, but you can't say it was a fortuitous point. It was deserved."
Pellegrino Matarazzo (VfB Stuttgart head coach): "We started the game well, and then Bayern created the first chances of the game after 30 minutes. In the second half, it was an open game. We wanted to press higher and had to withstand one or two counter-attacks. Our central defence was strong. I think a point is OK. I'm happy with our performance and the result."
Florian Müller (VfB Stuttgart goalkeeper): "We never gave up. The goal rocked us, but then we started well again in the second half and believed."
The match report: