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Neuer: It was down to willpower

Postby FCBayernNews » Thu Dec 19, 2019 2:05 am

FC Bayern beat SC Freiburg thanks to two injury-time goals, displaying resilience. "It was down to willpower," Bayern captain Manuel Neuer said after the final whistle. "Of course we had a bit of luck, but it feels so good to return with a 3-1 win," Hansi Flick commented after the match.

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Hasan Salihamidžić: "We failed to score at the beginning. We played well but eased off and lost our dominance. We were a bit tired in the second half, we saw it was difficult. It was great that we scored in the last minute, that a young player like Joshua Zirkzee set us on our way to victory. Not only for the coach who sent him on but also for the youth academy, for Jochen Sauer, Hermann Gerland and all our coaches there. It shows us we're on the right path."

Hansi Flick: "We saw two different halves. We did a very good job before the break. Freiburg got a grip then, closed down the space and played diagonal balls. We weathered the period. Of course we had a bit of luck, but it feels so good to return with a 3-1 win. The lads have contested many matches, it's clear we're exhausted. We must regenerate now to be fit against Wolfsburg on Saturday."

Manuel Neuer: "Freiburg played much better after the equaliser. We pushed and believed in ourselves. We talked during an injury break, that helped. It worked, at the end of the day it's a 3-1 victory, that isn't tight. It was down to willpower."

Christian Streich (SC Freiburg coach): "In the first ten minutes we thought they'd thrash us. I knew they'd play like that, that they wouldn't underestimate us. After the first ten minutes nobody would have expected us to relieve the pressure again and again, and to create so many chances. The way the team put up a fight against fully motivated Bayern is extraordinary. It's extremely hard to play against Bayern and their pace. I was on the touchline and could hardly follow the action with my eyes."

Jochen Saier (SC Freiburg sporting director): "Of course it doesn't feel good, it's unjust. The way we did it was impressive, we had four, five gilt-edged chances. It hurts, football is brutal sometimes. But we must focus on the positive aspects today. We would have deserved a point because of the second half. We could have won today."
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