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'We've seen two very good teams tonight'

Postby FCBayernNews » Sat Dec 06, 2008 12:45 am

Luca Toni's last-minute strike completed Bayern's thrilling comeback from a goal down to Bundesliga leaders Hoffenheim, as the champions recorded a dramatic 2-1 victory to send the Allianz Arena crowd into raptures. Bayern coach Jürgen Klinsmann explicitly praised the visitors after a pulsating encounter in Munich: "Hoffenheim are the best Bundesliga opponents we've seen at the Allianz Arena."

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Jürgen Klinsmann: "You boil over with emotion at moments like that. We pushed and pushed. It was pretty physical from both teams, and obviously winning it at the end is terrific. Hoffenheim are the best Bundesliga opponents we've seen at the Allianz Arena, and they're not top of the pile by accident. We knew it would be a hard job of work, but we had the chances to make it 2-1 a lot earlier."

Mark van Bommel: "Both teams looked to attack. It was a genuine big match. We saw two very good teams out there tonight. We won't know which of us is best until the very end."

Philipp Lahm: "We took the initiative as a team. After going a goal down, we went at them and created chances. But I still think we didn't keep it tight enough. We should have played a little more defensively. We let them have too many chances. We were able to maintain the pace for the full 90 minutes. We're fit, and we kept hammering away right to the end. Hoffenheim aren't top of the league without good reason, but we've taken all three points off them today, which is incredibly important."

Ralf Rangnick (Hoffenheim coach): "Where should we go from here? Obviously we're gutted, as a point here would have been totally deserved. I can't say a word of criticism against my team. It was a very intense and physical game. We were really strong at the start of the second half, we opened the scoring and could even have made it two. Then we conceded the equaliser, but Salihovic had the match on his boot in the 87th minute. Naturally, letting in the winner after 91 minutes is devastating, but I'm certain we'll ultimately benefit from this match. It's been a good experience."

Vedad Ibisevic (Hoffenheim): "We invested a lot in the match, we covered a huge amount of ground, we worked extremely hard, and at the end of the day we've got nothing to show for it. That's a real shame. Bayern didn't deserve to win. Life goes on, but we quickly need to learn not to lose games like that. Bayern put us under pressure in the second half and forced us a little deeper, but we still found space going forward."
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