If anyone had simply looked at the post-game statistics without watching the match itself, they would likely have thought it was another routine win for Bayern. Yet those numbers do not tell the full story, even despite Robert Lewandowski’s brace.
The Green-and-Whites gave a superb account of themselves away to Bayern on Wednesday evening, were deservedly in front until just before half-time and, even after falling behind, looked on the verge of equalising to return home with a point. As such, Glasner congratulated his players on an extremely respectable performance come the final whistle.
The coaches’ reactions:
Oliver Glasner: “It’s a shame for the team that it wasn’t enough to get a point today. They’d have deserved that. The boys did a lot of things right: they limited Bayern to relatively few clear-cut chances but kept on creating some good opportunities for themselves. On top of that, we also scored a really nice goal. It’s a shame to end up empty-handed after investing so much in the game. Small details were all that was lacking. I’m very satisfied with the performance. It really was a great display.”
Hansi Flick: “That was a lively game for neutrals to watch. Wolfsburg have a lot of quality and a good philosophy of how to play football. You could see that. We fought back after going behind and our equaliser to make it 1-1 just before half-time was very important. We really wanted to win in order to send out a message, so I’m pleased we did that. Now we want to end what has been a successful year with three more points in Leverkusen.”