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Schaaf salutes superb Klasnic

Published: Tuesday 2 November 2004, 23.45CET
Werder Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf praised Ivan Klasnic for his hat-trick against RSC Anderlecht.
Published: Tuesday 2 November 2004, 23.45CET

Schaaf salutes superb Klasnic

Werder Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf praised Ivan Klasnic for his hat-trick against RSC Anderlecht.

German double-winners Werder Bremen continued their excellent form with a comfortable Champions League Group F victory over RSC Anderlecht in the Weserstadion. Ivan Klasnic scored a hat-trick with Miroslav Klose and Daniel Jensen completing the rout. Oleg Iachtchouk replied for the visiting side, but they never looked likely to threaten Bremen's dominance. Anderlecht are out of the competition while Bremen are now almost certain to progress to the knockout phase having collected nine points from their four matches so far.

Thomas Schaaf, Bremen coach
It was an excellent all-round performance from my side. We got the goals, passed the ball well and played as a team. It was fun watching them turn out such a good display. We got off to a great start, scoring twice early on and we were always in full control of the match. We didn't need to concede the goal, but I always had the feeling that we could come straight back. I refuse to talk about finishing first or second in the group because I don't like speculation. I always take it one game at a time and we will know where we stand after the next game here against [FC] Internazionale [Milano]. Ivan Klasnic showed exactly how valuable he is today. He stamped his authority on the game with his great finishing and that is the way I like to see him play.

Hugo Broos, Anderlecht coach
I am very disappointed with the result and with the way we played. We made mistakes that you are not allowed to make at this level and Bremen punished us. The only excuse I can offer is that so many important players missed the match. We have to play at our very best in the Champions League and we couldn't compete with so many players out. Furthermore our domestic league doesn't prepare us for the demands of the Champions League because we are not pushed to our limits often enough. We will have to work hard in the weeks to come even though we are out of the competition. We want to take some points from our last two games so that we can go out with at least some honour left.

Last updated: 03/11/04 0.42CET

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