Nagelsmann: In the end it was deserved
Even though it ended up being tight in the end, Bayern head home from the German capital with all three points after a 3-2 win at Hertha Berlin. "It's a game you have to win - and that's what we did. In the end, it was deserved, but a tad more nail-biting than it should've been," said head coach Julian Nagelsmann, who, in addition to the win, was also pleased with the return of his captain after a four-week layoff: "I would've been happy with a clean sheet, but of course this was more exciting for the fans," said a satisfied Manuel Neuer. *fcbayern.com*has all the reaction after the game.
Reaction from the Bayern camp
Julian Nagelsmann: "It was not an easy game. We had good moments in the first half. The pitch was not easy to play on. Overall, it was a wild game that went back and forth a lot. We were 3-0 up, but we didn't have that many clear chances up until that point. We scored goals from situations you don't necessarily have to score from. Our lead was perhaps a tad inflated. Then, we dropped off a bit, we conceded a goal and shortly afterwards conceded a penalty. It was interesting how we came out of the break and countered Hertha's attacks. We did that well, but didn't score a fourth. So it was an exciting game. We threw everything into it. It's a game you have to win - and that's what we did. In the end, it was deserved, but a tad more exciting than it had to be."
Manuel Neuer: "I'm happy to be back. I would've been happy with a clean sheet, but of course this was a bit more fun for the fans. I was back in the zone relatively early because I was involved in the game very early on. I was straight back into the furnace. It's more boring when you have nothing to do and then you have to spring into action at some point in the second half. The goal we conceded to make it 3-1 was completely unnecessary. It was similar to the one against Dortmund. We didn't have our man-to-man marking, even though we were numerically superior in the box. If we defend that, we could've kept a clean sheet. But that's how it goes in football."
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (on his goals): "That's what you're always waiting for, of course. I threw myself into both of them. It's nice that they both went in. Of course you always hope somehow that the ball will fall at your feet. I'm happy, it's great for the team."
Jamal Musiala: "After the third goal, we lost our heads for a few minutes. We have to be in the game the whole time in a game like this, otherwise it gives our opponents the chance to score goals. I always try to do my best and help the team. We want to win our last two games now to be in as good a shape as possible in the Bundesliga before the World Cup starts. We can't think about other teams, we have to win our games."
Reaction from the Hertha Berlin camp
Sandro Schwarz (Hertha Berlin head coach): "Congratulations to Bayern. We got into the game well, but Bayern with their quality scored the first goal from their first chance. The two goals afterwards were very annoying, but we came back very well with the two goals before half-time. We had to survive one or two moments after the break. But we also had some chances at the end, so it's annoying that we didn't finish up with a point."
Davie Selke (Hertha Berlin): "We'll get praise and rightly so. You can't shut out Bayern completely. The goals we conceded were unfortunate. Shortly before the break, we were in top form and rallied. We can build on that. But we didn't reward ourselves once more in terms of points on the board."
Manuel Neuer celebrated his return to first team football in Berlin and played well: