Neuer: We had to up the ante in the second half
First in the group! Hansi Flick and Bayern can be satisfied after the 3-1 victory over Salzburg, but they also remained somewhat self-critical and are determined to keep their focus high. “We made the journey difficult for ourselves,” said the Bayern coach, well aware of what had just happened. What else he had to say and what Salzburg coach Jesse Marsch had to say to David Alaba after the final whistle, you can read below.
Reaction to the game against Salzburg
Hansi Flick: “It was our goal to finish the group stage today. But we made life difficult for ourselves because we gave away a lot of easy balls, especially in the first half. In the second half it was better and we had no problems even after the sending off. I am satisfied – fourth game, fourth win, I’m very satisfied with our efficiency today, and quite simply we have a world-class goalkeeper behind us.”
Manuel Neuer: “The most important thing for me is that we won the game – the fourth time in a row we’ve done so in the Champions League. The fact that we’re the group winners is a clear step in the right direction. We had to up the ante in the second half, we wanted to wrap it up. We played against a strong Salzburg team today, and situations like the one against Werder Bremen can always happen. The defence always want to keep clean sheets, but that’s not always possible.”
The opponents’ reaction:
Jesse Marsch (RB Salzburg head coach): “It’s a pity. We played well against Bayern in both games, but conceded far too many goals. We didn’t make use of our chances. We were dangerous, had good moments in transition and great chances. But it’s hard to defend against opponents with such great quality. We need Bayern now. I’ve asked David Alaba to win the next two Champions League matches too. He said they’d try.”
Zlatko Junuzovic (RB Salzburg captain): “Once again, a lot was possible in this game, particularly in terms of goalscoring opportunities. We were very compact and played well. Then we gave away a cheap goal, which could have been prevented. After that kind of performance there was definitely more in the game for us.”