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Reactions to Bayern’s 3-0 win over Hannover: Heynckes satisfied

Bayern’s performance against Hannover was exactly the preparation the team needed for their test against Real Madrid.

Bayern Munich's sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic is seen during the German first division Bundesliga football match between Hannover 96 vs Bayern Munich in Hanover, central Germany, on April 21, 2018.
Bayern Munich's sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.
Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Reactions to the Match

( and Abendzeitung)

Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic seemed happy about the team’s victory against Hannover. This is what he had to say:

We turned in a very, very good display. It was really great today. Commanding, we played well. It was really fun to watch.

Jupp Heynckes, as always, was satisfied with the team’s performance. He said that it is important to keep up the pace in the league when Champions League is around the corner. Even after making seven major changes to the starting XI, the team performed really well and it indeed is a good omen for the Madrid clash:

We’re very satisfied. Taken altogether we played excellent football. The team are top fit, no matter who’s playing, regardless of the position. It’s important that we keep up our rhythm and don’t ease off and that we can still improve. It’s always important to win in the league when the Champions League awaits you.

Niklas Süle, who played a remarkable role in the match, said that the team turned in a decent performance. The youngster added that it is to be remembered that the team is in for a crucial match on Wednesday and that’s why Heynckes had to rotate the squad again:

We turned in a very, very decent performance from the first minute. You must not forget we are in for an incredibly important match on Wednesday, which is why the coach rotated the squad again. It was a very good performance today.

Hannover’s coach Andre Breitenreiter generously praised the league champions by saying that the Bavarians have a highly efficient team and the players are outstanding from number 1 to 30:

We tried to chase our opponents and press aggressively. We failed to take our two gilt-edged chances. We made it much too easy for them when they scored the opener. Bayern are highly efficient then, they’re in outstanding form. There’s no second-string team, they’re outstanding from number 1 to number 30.

Horst Heldt, sporting director of Hannover, said that the hosts had their chances in the first half but the game became tough after the first goal. He added that it’s difficult to play against a team that has a good chance of clinching the Champions League title:

We had our changes, especially in the first half. Of course it’s also obvious that we were playing against the German champion today. Against a team that has good chances fof winning the Champions League. That’s obviously incredibly hard. We did well for a long time, but after the 1:0 it became very difficult.

The Match in Review

Bayern Munich manifested their strength in the league yet again by hammering an unbalanced Hannover 96 as they faced off at the HDI Arena on Saturday. After a goalless first half, Thomas Müller came in and broke the deadlock by hitting the net connecting with Juan Bernat’s cross. The game progressed with both teams trying to find the target and it seemed easier for Bayern as Robert Lewandowski, who came in for Sandro Wagner, headed the ball past Philipp Tschauner from Sebastian Rudy’s corner. The visitors snatched one more goal as Sebastian Rudy found the target from ten yards away, before the referee blew the whistle for full-time.

The result takes the champions onto 76 points from 31 matches. And, Die Roten will be back in action on Thursday when they face Real Madrid in the Champions League tug-of-war.

Notable numbers

1. Robert Lewandowski became the first foreign player to score 105 goals for one club in the Bundesliga.

2. Lewandowski also scored his 150th goal for Bayern Munich in all competitions.

3. Sebastian Rudy scored his first goal for Bayern Munich on Saturday.

4. Lukas Mai became the first player born in 2000 to make his league debut for Bayern Munich. Mai also had his first clean sheet as Bayern won the match 0-3.

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