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Bayern first half display hands win over Hoffenheim

Bayern Munich put in a brilliant first-half dominance to guide them to a 3-1 win over TSG Hoffenheim with Leon Goretzka brace and Robert Lewandowski’s late goal finishing the match off after Julian Nagelsmann side had scored through Nico Schulz.

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SPEAKING AFTER THE MATCH Niko Kovac: “The first half was sensational. That was our ambition, that’s what we’re able to do. The result is good, we got off to a good start to the second half of the season and increased the pressure. He told the club website

“We’re the hunters, we want to chase Dortmund. We want to chase and seal the championship title. The decisive thing is to be at the top at the end of the season.”

Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic: “We saw two facets. It was really good in the first half, we were in control. The second half was difficult, we made individual mistakes. We got involved in a battle, we failed to be compact and let the ball do the work. Then we conceded the goal on the break following a corner for us. We were on tenterhooks then. We did a good job when we scored the third goal. We went into the winter break with a good feeling, and now we’ve started the second half with a good feeling.”

Julian Nagelsmann (TSG Hoffenheim coach): “The first half was alarming, the second half was good. It was similar to our first match against Bayern this season. We were weak and scared in the first half, we hid away and lacked aggression.

“We weren’t bold in defence, we chased the ball a lot. Bayern had many chances, so their lead was deserved. We reorganised at half-time. We can be satisfied with the second half. At the end of the da,y it was a deserved victory for Bayern.”

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