The Bavarian giants continue their winning streak in the Champions League with by wrapping a convincing 5-0 victory over the Czechs, Viktoria Plzen.
Unusually, Bayern played today at 18:45 CEST at their home turf, Allianz Arena. Julian Nagelsmann fielded a 4-2-3-1 formation tonight, with Leon Goretzka and Ryan Gravenberch in midfield, Noussair Mazraoui in the right-hand side, and Jamal Musiala in the center of attacking midfield. The star of the game was definitely Leroy Sane, who scored a brace tonight, with the first goal being a wonderful left-foot shot from distance.
Consequently, the club secured 9 points in 3 matches, is topping the group comfortably, and has conceded zero goals so far. At the same time, Bayern have also secured another historical record in the competition, by remaining unbeaten in 31 Champions League group stage games in a row. The previous record was held by Real Madrid (30)
Here are the most important statements from yesterday’s fixture:
„The boys did a good job. The game was all but over as a contest pretty early on. Then we just kept at it. We took the game seriously – it was the right game to show we’re on the right path. Everyone did well. Not everyone’s found their rhythm, but I’m happy with all of them.“
„There are still a few more areas we need to tighten, but that’s how you have to approach a game. We decided [the game] quickly in the first 20 minutes, that was so important for us and from there we then controlled it.“
„When you go into a game as favorites, the first 20 minutes are key in setting the standard. A positive start isn’t a guarantee of success, but it makes a significant difference if you start on the right foot.“
„All players did well. Ryan [Gravenberch] was positioned very accurately, even though he is a bit more of an offensive-minded player. [Josip] Stanisic and [Noussair] Mazraoui did well too.
„Nine points from three games and a decent goal difference: we’ll take it. In the first half, we were disciplined and did a good job of putting Julian’s game plan into action. We were well prepared for the opponent and that’s where most of the goals came from.“
„You could see we had done our homework on the opposition. It was a good night at the office, but we won’t get carried away. Still, we’re on the right track.“
„We rightly received criticism during the international break. We used the hiatus well and focused on our game again. Our aim is to perform like this on a regular basis. We’re still extremely upset about the games before that.“
„It was a superb team performance from start to finish. We created a lot of chances and scored five goals. There’s no doubt it was a deserved win. Honestly, I think we started well. From the beginning to the end we created many chances.“
„We had a tough few weeks, but we started well after the international break. We hope it continues until the end of the season“
„[Playing on the wing] is not something new for me because I’ve played all my life on the left wing and also as a striker. I’m always trying to do my best for the team and as long as I can help the team I will be working harder every single day to help the team and the club.“
„Of course, we have three more games to go so we’ll try to do our best and be as professional as we can and try to win all the games because it’s our target. We know it won’t be easy but we’ll try our best.“