If you're a Bayern Munich fan, the match against Hannover 96 was indeed a rewarding 90 minutes. After the mini-crisis they've been through, Niko Kovac and his boys are now back on track and they sure know what to do and when to do it.
The players have started taking the Bundesliga seriously and what we saw on Saturday is the outcome of that. Everyone on the pitch gave their best and didn't ease off. Niko Kovac is satisfied about the overall performance. He commented (via FCBayern),
The team played really well over 90 minutes and created a lot of chances today. It was nice the team took the Bundesliga seriously after the very difficult match away to Ajax, that we did our homework and turned in a dominant display.
What happens in the Rückrunde will decide Bayern's chances of winning the league, or finishing second on the table. The only thing that needs to be done is to maintain the form that they have now and stop themselves from giving points away. Kovac said,
We played well in the last few matches. The way everybody played, both in possession and without the ball, was very good. That’s the ambition we have, and we must live up to it again and again. It was one of our best displays this season.
Bayern have won the last three Bundesliga matches and David Alaba is hoping for the team to keep bringing the points in:
We had ambitious plans, we wanted to attack from the start, impose our play and have fun. You saw it immediately in the first half, we were alert and liked to attack. At half-time we agreed it’s just fun to play in this team. We want to focus on ourselves and win our matches. We’ve won all our last three Bundesliga matches, and we’re on a good track.
Thomas Müller walked down onto the pitch, wearing Bayern colours, for the three-hundredth time in the Bundesliga. The Bavarian was content about the whole performance and wants to extend their current form:
In hindsight we’ve had more problems in other matches. Especially without the ball: we didn’t allow any chances. We were always alert and didn’t let them relieve the pressure or stage counters but nipped it in the bud. That’s the way we want to play. Of course you can’t always control matches 100 percent, but in hindsight we have to say it was a top display.
Hannover's Swiss midfielder Pirmin Schwegler admitted that his team had no chances against Bayern. The host's performance was simply abysmal. Schwegler said,
Bayern went full throttle today. They had a fully fueled Lamborghini, whereas we ran out of gas. They always say you must at least involve them in one-on-ones. But we didn’t get hold of them, they were much too quick. We had no chance, zero.
With 30 points from 15 matches, Bayern is now third in the league table, 9 points behind Borussia Dortmund.