Heynckes credits team spirit for victory

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes believes his side's strong team ethic played a huge part in Saturday's 3-0 win over Hamburg in the Bundesliga.

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By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Heading into the game looking to get back to winning ways in the league following defeat to Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern took the lead five minutes before the break through Bastian Schweinsteiger, before second-half strikes from Thomas Muller and Franck Ribery wrapped up all three points.

Speaking after the game, Heynckes was pleased with the way his side had approached the game and believes everyone played their part.

"I'm delighted with the team's approach," he said. "The way we chalked up the victory today [Saturday] was first-class.

"It was outstanding [and] shows the team spirit in this group. For example, Franck Ribery was exceptional today [Saturday], but Mario Mandzukic was just as important due to his work-rate, pressing and defending.

"That's the hallmark of my team at the moment. Everyone's looking out for everyone else - we're going for success as a unit."

Schweinsteiger, who put in a tireless shift in the centre of the park, admitted the victory was even more important given two of their title rivals failed to pick up maximum points at the weekend, with Borussia Dortmund held to a 0-0 draw by Stuttgart while Schalke lost 3-2 to Hoffenheim.

"It was important to provide some answers after the Leverkusen match, and we've not won that often in Hamburg recently," the Germany international said. "We were determined to do it today [Saturday].

"The first half was very intense. It was important to take the lead.

"It's been a very good round of matches for us. Naturally, we knew the other scores before kickoff and we were even more motivated."

Bayern are next in action on Wednesday when they entertain Lille in the UEFA Champions League.



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