BATE boss Goncharenko: It doesn't matter who scored

BATE Borisov boss Viktor Goncharenko could hardly contain his emotions after his team picked up another three points, this time from German giants Bayern Munich, to place them top of Champions League group F with six points from their opening two games.

Playing on the counterattack, the Belarusian champions picked off their opponents, scoring either side of a Franck Ribery goal to give them a well-deserved 3-1 victory.

“Simply fantastic!” enthused Goncharenko, speaking to reporters after the game.

“That’s our team spirit. We worked hard to reach this point. I congratulate the fans and the team. I can’t find words to express my gratitude to everyone.

“I don’t want to single out players. It doesn’t matter who scored and who gave the assists. The team is the one that won tonight.”

Goncharenko also looked to instill some calm into the situation, urging his side not to get carried away as a result of their opening wins and unblemished record.

“We must have been born under a lucky star. Emotions are overwhelming, but I’m far from euphoric. We earned a grand victory, but you shouldn’t speculate that now we have to win every match. It’s the Champions League and we shouldn’t forget that.

“It’s a misconception that you can somehow inspire the team in the dressing room during half-time. What we did is we changed the tactical line-up a bit and I think we managed well there. Our team also knows how to play on the counterattack,” he explained.

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