Bayern Munich respond with 4-1 win over Stuttgart
Bayern Munich responded to Borussia Dortmund win with a 4-1 win over Stuttgart to close the gap to their rivals to six points in the Bundesliga.
Niko Kovac: “We got off to a good start and scored the opener. Then we went missing for 35 minutes. We were too slow, too many of our players were behind the ball, and we failed to unpick Stuttgart’s packed defence. He was quoted by the club website.
“It was much better in the second half. We were quicker and played more vertically and were able to bring our individual quality into play.
“We got in behind our opponents’ defence, and it was a deserved victory because of the wealth of chances we had. Now we must put it behind us: we won the match and kept up, now we move on!”
Markus Weinzierl (VfB Stuttgart coach): “Congratulations to Bayern for the victory! We struggled at the beginning and soon went behind.
“But our reaction was good and we turned in a decent team display in the first half. We levelled the scores and had Donis’ gilt-edged chance to go a goal up.
“You don’t get many chances in Munich, you have to be efficient, and we weren’t. Bayern made use of their individual class in the closing stages, it’s incredibly hard to defend against that.
“That’s why we lost the match today.”