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'These are the games you have to win'

Postby FCBayernNews » Sat Mar 21, 2009 8:15 pm

Bayern defeated bottom club Karlsruhe 1-0 on Saturday to move within a point of Bundesliga leaders Hertha Berlin. "The three points were what mattered," said Jürgen Klinsmann, not entirely happy with his team's performance: "We've won the way Hertha have won seven or eight times this season, which is OK from time to time." As Uli Hoeneß put it: "These are the games you have to win if you want the title."

Reaction to Bayern v Karlsruhe:

Uli Hoeneß: "These are the games you have to win if your goal is to become champions, the kind of game which isn't especially good to watch. Hertha BSC have won their last ten games exactly like that."

Jürgen Klinsmann: "The three points were what mattered. Especially in the second half, it didn't go the way we wanted it to. We were too hurried, KSC fought back and made chances. We failed to wrap it up in the first half. Nevertheless, we're satisfied enough. It's good we're only a point behind Berlin. The players are allowed an occasional off day. We've won the way Hertha have won seven or eight times this season, and it's OK from time to time."

Mark van Bommel: "There's nothing much to say: we played badly but won. It was OK to start with and we scored the goal. But otherwise, we're all aware it wasn't great. At this stage of the season, these are the games you have to win, and we've gone out and won. There are three points at stake, we've taken them, and that's all that matters."

Michael Rensing: "We were all right in the first half and they didn't have a single chance. The second half was close to a catastrophe, our passing was appalling and our game when not in possession was poor. We let Karlsruhe dictate the play on our own turf. We've collected three more points and Hertha lost, so it's a perfect matchday for us. We've also kept a clean sheet at home for the first time, which is terrific."

Eduard Becker (KSC coach): "We showed Bayern too much respect at the start. We stood and watched Bayern play football, and they created a decent chance or two. We finally woke up, but we conceded the goal. We did a few things much better in the second half. We were alert, we refused to be pressed back, we were much more aggressive in the tackle, and we made more of our possession. On the one had, I'm disappointed we've not come away with a point. On the other hand, the way we played after half-time is a boost for our forthcoming matches."
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