'We knew we'd get nothing for free'
A brace by striker Robert Lewandowski wrapped up a perfect league restart for FCB. In the narrow 2-1 victory away to Hamburg the Poland international scored his 16th and 17th league goals, sealing the 16th victory in 18 matches for Bayern. “The main thing was to take three points in the first match of the year,” said the Pole, relieved after the fight at Hamburg's Volksparkstadion. Thomas Müller too was visibly happy when he left the stadium.
Reaction to Hamburg v Bayern:
Pep Guardiola: “All credit to my players, they did well. It was a good display considering it was the first match after the winter break. We ran a lot and only allowed one chance. We played as a team.”
Thomas Müller: “We knew we'd get nothing for free here. Several other teams had difficulties against Hamburg too. We know we're not yet in top form, but I'm happy. We aim to improve with every match.”
Robert Lewandowski: “In the first half we controlled the game, but we were asleep when Hamburg had their free-kick. Fortunately we've still won. We know we still need some time after the winter break. The main thing was to take three points in the first match of the year.”
Bruno Labbadia (Hamburg coach): “It's just annoying. At the end of the day we turned in a decent display but it isn't worth anything. We defended very aggressively and allowed hardly any chances in the first half. It's irritating that we concede such silly goals.”
René Adler (Hamburg keeper): “We put into practice many things that the coach told us. We played with lots of passion and emotion. With a little luck we could have taken something. But the luck was on Bayern’s side today.”