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Ribéry aware Bayern not yet the finished article

Published: Wednesday 24 August 2011, 0.10CET
Franck Ribéry admitted FC Bayern München "still have work to do" despite defeating FC Zürich 3-0 on aggregate to progress to the UEFA Champions League group stage.

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Published: Wednesday 24 August 2011, 0.10CET

Ribéry aware Bayern not yet the finished article

Franck Ribéry admitted FC Bayern München "still have work to do" despite defeating FC Zürich 3-0 on aggregate to progress to the UEFA Champions League group stage.

FC Bayern München took a two-goal lead into the second leg against FC Zürich and secured their place in the UEFA Champions League group stage courtesy of Mario Gomez's seventh-minute strike in Switzerland. Bayern forward Franck Ribéry admitted his side were "not at 100%" and still have to progress as a team, while captain Philipp Lahm reiterated that they "still have to develop".

It is much better than last season, the atmosphere is much better and I am enjoying being a part of the team
Franck Ribéry
We combined well, created a few chances, but our final ball wasn't good enough. We wasted our opportunities
Heinz Barmettler

Franck Ribéry, Bayern forward
It wasn't easy but it was important for us. We did well today. It is much better than last season, the atmosphere is much better and I am enjoying being a part of the team. We are not at 100%, we still have work to do. For me, it was difficult under [Louis] Van Gaal as I did not have a good relationship with him. Now I am enjoying myself again, I dribble and run a lot and I have the confidence I need.

Philipp Lahm, Bayern captain
In the first half we did not go into the challenges, we did not put enough pressure on the opposition and did not attack them at the right moments. It was important to take a 1-0 lead, the game got easier then. Nevertheless, we are ambitious and didn't want to concede although we are not where we want to be and still have to develop.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, Bayern midfielder
Getting the goal was decisive because Zürich then needed four goals which was difficult for them. Also, we did not concede again, which is very important. Unfortunately, we were not concentrating fully in the first half and gave the ball away carelessly. We had more chances in the second half, but the decisive thing was to win and not to concede.

Toni Kroos, Bayern midfielder
We dominated both legs. We could have won by a greater margin, particularly in the first leg, though we played well this evening too. Tonight we got the third goal and then we just played down the clock. Maybe we could have scored more here but either way, we deserved to go through.

Jupp Heynckes, Bayern coach
It was important to reach the group stage of the Champions League. The early lead was key for us, Ribéry had some fantastic moments in the second half on the left wing, but we lacked a bit of concentration in converting our opportunities. The team then played very cleverly and controlled the match. We had lots of possession and defended well. On Saturday, we played when it was more than 30 degrees and the same goes for tonight. You don't necessarily play fast football then. We have been very tight in defence and have only conceded once in five games so far.

Heinz Barmettler, Zürich defender
Franck Ribéry was incredibly difficult for us to handle. In the first 20 minutes we didn't play very well at all but we gave it a good go, especially after the disappointment of the first leg. We combined well, created a few chances, but our final ball wasn't good enough. We wasted our opportunities and never got the goal we were looking for. Nevertheless, we gained some valuable experience from which we are sure to profit in the future.

Philippe Koch, Zürich defender
Bayern are simply playing at a higher pace than we are used to but losing 2-0 and 1-0 are not results that we should be ashamed of. Other teams will also lose against Bayern.

Silvan Aegerter, Zürich midfielder

We shouldn't have conceded that early, it made our task of getting back into the tie so much more difficult. After that we basically had no chance, but we tried.

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