Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller and head coach Hansi Flick were both frustrated with the Bundesliga champions' performance in Saturday's slender 2-1 win at Cologne.
with the beginning goal via a penalty before Serge Gnabry made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time with huge struggle that led to his ultimate winning.
"It was a laboured victory, especially because we unfortunately missed the chance to score the third goal at the beginning of the second half," Muller said. "Then anything could have happened until the final whistle. It wasn't a glitzy or glamorous performance. We'll take it as it is.”
"We certainly too often lost the ball carelessly and acted a bit too casually during the game. Cologne lay deep a lot. They did that well.”
"Nevertheless, we could have been a bit more clinical in a couple of situations and got at goal more. The passion was there to take the victory with us. I'm not criticising ourselves, but we've definitely been better."
Flick added: "It was a deserved win in the end, but we made life difficult for ourselves. The game cost us too much energy. I'm happy with the result, not so much with the game.”
"I'm satisfied with the attitude, mentality and the will to win. We made life difficult for ourselves with our mistakes in the passing game.”
"We could have made the win easier. We let Cologne get back into the game."