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Van Gaal: I'm relieved and delighted

Postby FCBayernNews » Tue Sep 28, 2010 11:45 pm

After beating Roma 2-0 in their opening Champions League fixture, Bayern made it maximum points from two fixtures with a battling 2-1 win away to FC Basel, courtesy of Bastian Schweinsteiger's second-half brace. "Our target was to lead the table with six points, and we've hit our target," chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge enthused after the German champions fought back from a goal down at St. Jakob Park.

Reaction to Basel v Bayern:

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: "It's obviously lucky when you score the winner in the 89th minute. But we played well in the second half. We now have six points from our two matches, we lead the section, and we've taken a giant stride towards qualifying for the knockout stages. That was our target, and we've hit our target. Winning today will help our confidence."

Louis van Gaal: "I'm relieved, but I do believe we've fought very hard for this victory. We did everything we could to win it in the second half, and I thought that was good. We started extremely well, and then Basel scored the first time they crossed the half-way line. Our current lack of confidence was there for all to see after that, we were very poor for a spell. I made some substitutions because I thought we needed more attacking power, and it was successful. We're better off than we were a year ago, because we have six points from two matches."

Mark van Bommel: "We made a very good start, but we conceded the goal and lost the initiative. The coach didn't say a lot in the dressing room at half-time, because Jörg [Butt] and I raised our voices instead. We just pointed out exactly what we lacked in the last half-hour of the first half. The coach thought what we had to say was good, and simply added: 'Lads, that's not good enough. We work hard in training the whole week and we've nothing to show for it.' You need straight talk sometimes - and if you know what needs to be said, you should say it. You don't have to shout to be heard. You have to address the things which need attention. It was an important win today. The task now is to keep it up away to Dortmund."

Thomas Müller: "It was a lot like our previous matches: we raced off the blocks, but we conceded a goal due to an individual error and failed to score from our chances, so we had our backs to the wall yet again. We can't be accused of not wanting to win. It wouldn't be a bad idea if we could start winning without having to score in the 90th minute. But all credit to the team, we showed we're mentally strong."

Thorsten Fink (Basel coach): "Bayern never stopped believing they could win, which is why they scored right at the end. But I'm obviously disappointed. It's a shame we've lost so close to the end. I have a fantastic team, we played outstanding football, and we had Bayern on the ropes at times. We could also have scored more than one goal, so we leave here with our heads held high."
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