FC Bayern München reserve keeper Sven Ulreich lauded his side's resilience in recovering from a disastrous pre-season campaign to win their first trophy of the season.
The Bundesliga champions' lack of form may have generated much concern amongst their fans over the past number of weeks but all fears were put to rest on Saturday when Carlo Ancelotti's men overcame Borussia Dortmund in dramatic fashion to win their first competitive match of the season.
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Despite twice trailing last season's DFB Pokal winners, the German giants showed great resolve in taking the match to penalties, where Ulreich took the opportunity afforded him by Manuel Neuer's continued absence, saving two spot kicks to earn his side the win.
"We know that preseason hasn't gone as well as we had wanted but today we saw the Bayern that everyone wants to see, especially in the first half when we had lots of chances," Ulreich told ZDF after the match.
"We should have used these [goals] better, and we also conceded two sloppy goals. In the end, we showed great morale, getting the result we wanted. We have to continue in this manner," he continued.
"Of course, I'm pleased to have helped the team in a penalty shootout and win a title," the former Stuttgart stopper added.
Ancelotti also praised his side's performance after the match, reiterating earlier comments that pre-season performances aren't always a good illustration of a side's threat in a competitive context.
"Of course the title is important. I'm pleased. We played with good concentration," he told reporters.
"Our preseason hasn't been good but you don't need to worry. When the season starts, we will be there," the Italian added.