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Ancelotti looking to catch Atletico

Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti is urging his team to keep battling Atletico Madrid in the Champions League for the top spot in Group D.

The Germans picked up a 4-1 at home to PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday after goals by Thomas Muller, Joshua Kimmich, Robert Lewandowski, and Arjen Robben. Ancelotti was pleased with the performance, and is urging his players to build on the win.

“We played well, It was a good reaction from my players,” Ancelotti said. “The attitude was right, the match against Frankfurt was a good lesson for us. 70 minutes were good, but in the meantime, after 30 minutes, we eased off a bit. It was over after our third goal. PSV could have scored another one, but we too could have had more goals. We have to give it everything in the next few matches to maintain our chances of winning the group.”

Robben, who played for PSV between 2002-2004 shared his manager’s assessment of the match.

“We started well and were dominant, and we created chances as well,” Robben said. “We made use of our quality up front. After the second goal our positional play wasn’t good at times. You always have to watch out if you’re only attacking. They were dangerous, we lost control to a certain extent. It went on for five to ten minutes after the break. After Eindhoven pulled one back it was dangerous two or three times, but then we did well again and won deservedly. We played very good football at times.”

Bayern sits in second place in Group D, three points behind Atletico Madrid.

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