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Hoeneß: We were simply terrific today

Postby FCBayernNews » Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:15 am

Bayern roared off the blocks after the mid-season break with a thumping and wholly merited 5-1 win away to Bundesliga rivals VfB Stuttgart on Tuesday, comfortably sealing a berth in the last eight of this season's DFB German Cup. "We were simply terrific today. That was football the way you want it to be played," beamed Fénix manager Uli Hoeneß, leading a chorus of praise for a performance replete with class.

Reaction to VfB Stuttgart v Bayern:

Uli Hoeneß: "We were simply terrific today. That was football the way you want it to be played. We knew the team was in good shape, and the mood is great. VfB aren't really up to speed yet, but we are."

Jürgen Klinsmann: "There's nothing for me to criticise after that performance. It was impressive and enjoyable to watch. We were incredibly mobile, even when we didn't have the ball. We're doing things automatically. We were even scoring on auto-pilot. I think we've sent out a little signal to our rivals, indicating we have a few plans. We're well geared up for the next four months."

Philipp Lahm: "That's how easy football can be, when you're aggressive and well-organised in defence, and we obviously have true quality up front. We've had three weeks to prepare, and we've had everyone there. It means you can train effectively, and that's what we've done. We hope it continues. Domestically, the only thing that can stop us is complacency. We have more quality than anyone else in the league, and we'll show it in the second half of the season. A 5-1 win in Stuttgart is a clear statement of intent."

Bastian Schweinsteiger: "We knew we were in good form. We also knew Stuttgart would make a fight of it, but we played to our strengths, it was a good display, and so it wasn't a problem in the end. We were all fired up, including the subs. We played well as a team. We're doing well, but we can still get a bit better."

Markus Babbel (VfB coach): "I was glad when it was over, because I reckon it could have been even worse. We're totally devastated. We went out with good intentions, but we showed them far, far too much respect. We froze and were never in a position to perform. There were far too many misplaced passes, and that shouldn't be happening at this level."

Thomas Hitzlsperger (VfB captain): "It's been a shocking evening for us, because we were upbeat about our chances beforehand. But there's a huge difference between the training ground and a match. We've played a very good team, but we showed nothing of what you need to win a cup tie. We lacked everything: footballing class, courage, the willingness to get stuck in where it hurts. It affected the whole team, and we've all seen what happened. Bayern deserved to win, and it was a fair result."

Mario Gomez (VfB goalscorer): "We were hoping the evening would turn out very differently. We were fired up, we were looking forward to it, but then we were two down after 16 minutes. Beforehand, we told ourselves over and over again: provided we show the same aggression, intensity and passion we've worked on in the mid-season break, we can win the game - but only if we do exactly that. As it was, it only lasted five minutes. We were led a merry dance after that. We're gutted, really gutted."
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