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Man of the match Ribéry 'over the moon'

Published: Saturday 31 August 2013, 0.27CET
Franck Ribéry was "over the moon" after being named man of the match in FC Bayern München's UEFA Super Cup defeat of Chelsea FC, whose players took pride in their performance.
by Andy James
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Man of the match Ribéry 'over the moon'
Franck Ribéry followed up his UEFA Best Player in Europe Award with a man-of-the-match display ©Getty Images
 
Published: Saturday 31 August 2013, 0.27CET

Man of the match Ribéry 'over the moon'

Franck Ribéry was "over the moon" after being named man of the match in FC Bayern München's UEFA Super Cup defeat of Chelsea FC, whose players took pride in their performance.

Man of the match Franck Ribéry said he was "over the moon" after crowning a magnificent week in which he was named UEFA Best Player in Europe with a goal in FC Bayern München's UEFA Super Cup victory over Chelsea. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer remained modest about his decisive contribution in the shoot-out, which Bayern won 5-4 after salvaging a 2-2 draw in extra time to leave Chelsea duo Petr Čech and Gary Cahill feeling dejected.

Franck Ribéry, Bayern forward
I was really over the moon but tonight we played 120 minutes and went through a penalty shoot-out. I'm so happy for the team and the coach. It was special for [Josep Guardiola], especially given his rivalry with [José] Mourinho, but to be honest we were lucky in the end.

It's important for Guardiola to win. We won everything last year and it's not easy for him to follow in those footsteps. The whole team feels pressure but it's even more difficult for the coach. This helps us and gives us the necessary impetus. He's an excellent coach who does a great job and we're really happy with him.

Manuel Neuer, Bayern goalkeeper
Thankfully we won in the end, even if it was seriously hard work. The team showed great courage. We kept on coming back even at the very death, but you could tell that all our players wanted to win the game and that was a big positive. This time it wasn't Chelsea who took the game to penalties, but us. Thankfully we ended up winning in the end. It's nice that I was able to contribute to our victory in the shoot-out.

Philipp Lahm, Bayern captain
It's great. It's what we set out to do and you could see how hard the team worked to the very end to make sure we won this cup. Now we're the first Bayern team to bring the Super Cup home to Munich, making it all the more special. We often make it difficult for ourselves by not showing the killer instinct we know we have. At the moment we require an enormous amount of chances to score and that's something we definitely have to improve.
 
Petr Čech, Chelsea goalkeeper
It was a great match in a superb atmosphere and the quality of football contributed to it. All the chances kept the spectators excited. It was a great idea to move the Super Cup to Prague and it was superbly organised. Everybody enjoyed the evening.

It was special to play at home and not to face a Czech team. It was neutral as the stadium was full of Chelsea and Bayern fans – it is a shame we did not come out with a better result. It's always hard if you concede in the last minute, but football is like that sometimes. Two years ago it ended up with the opposite result.

Gary Cahill, Chelsea defender
We did well but football is cruel at times. We dug in hard, especially in extra time. I thought we did enough. It's cruel, especially to concede a goal like that. You'd prefer a goal in the top corner and think: 'What a goal'. You can't do anything about it but it was just a miscontrol, a little ricochet and it just fell straight into his path.

We stuck to our game plan. They are a quality side with quality players.  The way they got forward was frightening at times with the overlapping runners – [Arjen] Robben and [Franck] Ribéry on the wings. At times it felt like the Champions League final [in 2012]. I thought we defended well as a team, the spirit was there and we were just seconds away from winning.

Frank Lampard, Chelsea captain
We need to take the positives out of this game and can be proud of our performance with ten men. We played against a team considered as the new force in world football and we showed that we have a lot to offer.

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