FC Bayern München may have been far from their recent best at LOSC Lille, but the 1-0 final result was all that mattered to Jupp Heynckes' players as they celebrated doubling their points' tally in UEFA Champions League Group F. "We needed to win," was the assessment of influential midfielder Toni Kroos after Thomas Müller's first-half penalty made the difference, while the hosts were left to reflect on a third consecutive defeat in the section. "It's practically impossible for us to qualify," said LOSC forward Salomon Kalou.
Toni Kroos, Bayern midfielder
I think that we can be satisfied with our performance, even if that might come as a surprise to some people. Of course, we can play better football, but after our defeat against BATE we needed to win our next game. Today, we battled. Lille played quite a good game, but I think we deserved to win. They put in a lot of tackles, but we managed to control them, scored a goal and deserved to win the game.
Of course, our goal now is to win the home game against LOSC. We won away and now we have two home games – and we want to go clear in the table in those two home games, but it will be difficult in two weeks against Lille.
Jérôme Boateng, Bayern defender
The important thing is that we won the game and kept a clean sheet. It was a hard game and I think Lille played very well, but we kept fighting and we're happy to have won away. It wasn't our intention to sit back after taking the lead, but we didn't play as well as we have done over the last few weeks. Sometimes it's like that, but you have to keep on fighting and we won the game.
It's tough because we're one of three teams with six points. It's important to concentrate on ourselves and not look at the other teams. Now we have a home match against Lille and it'll be important to win.
Salomon, Kalou, LOSC forward
We could have got something from this match. We started well and managed to contain a good Bayern team, but unfortunately the penalty made the difference. We knew we had to get a result today, but we came up against a team with a lot of skill, and experience often plays a role in this type of competition.
We have to play the rest of our games as well as we can. Even if it's practically impossible for us to qualify, we have to do what we can and hopefully get some points. We lack experience in the Champions League. When you play against teams who are used to being in it every year, they know how to control these types of games. We don't have that yet, but the potential is there. We have to keep working and it will come.
Franck Béria, LOSC defender
Bayern have quality and made us suffer, but they didn't really have a lot of clear chances, so it's frustrating. I'm disappointed tonight.
Even though it wasn't a great Bayern performance, you felt their control on the game. They never got flustered, and gave everything they're capable of in physical terms, but so did we. That's why we're disappointed – we lacked a little something when there was really a chance to get a result tonight. That's three games and zero points. With a trip to the [Fußball] Arena [München] to come, it's very, very difficult now.
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