VfL Wolfsburg head coach Bruno Labbadia lamented his side's ultimately unsuccessful fightback at home to Bayern Munich.
The Wolves could not be faulted for their commitment against Bayern at the Volkswagen Arena, but nevertheless ended up on the wrong side of a 3-1 scoreline as the defending Bundesliga champions' class showed through. Niko Kovac's charges were clinical with their chances and were not thrown off course by Arjen Robben's sending off or when Wout Weghorst pulled a goal back for VfL. While that strike encouraged the Wolves to get forward in search of an equaliser, their attacks were not incisive enough to do any damage and come the final whistle there was no doubting that Bayern were worthy winners.
Bruno Labbadia: "Bayern deserved to win. In the first half we wanted to be bolder when playing out from the back and be better in our positioning. However, we were a few percentage points off our game today. It's frustrating that after we started to fight back we weren't savvy enough in controlling the match. After Wout's goal we should have opened Bayern up more because we could have taken at least a point here. But there's no doubting that Bayern thoroughly deserved to win."
Niko Kovac: "There was a lot of pressure on my team before this match. My players put in a committed and, above all, courageous performance and the victory was deserved. Wolfsburg had more possession after we went down to ten men and they pulled a goal back, but we found the right answer with James' goal."