Created on 04-04-2007 at 00:00 AM
The mood in the Bayern camp was understandably upbeat following the Champions League quarter-final first leg away to AC Milan. "At the end of the day, we can be very happy with the result," Uli Hoeneß declared, although the Bayern general manager added a warning to the players: "We'll definitely need a better performance in the return."
Ottmar Hitzfeld held a similar point of view. "Milan were definitely the better team for long spells, they played with more pace and better technique," the Munich coach remarked. Hoeneß was still extremely optimistic about Bayern's prospect in the tie: "I'm certain we'll go through now," he declared.
Reaction to AC Milan v Bayern
Uli Hoeneß: "We struggled for a long time. We were surprisingly nervous and gave Milan far too much space. At the end of the day, we can be very happy with the result, but we'll definitely need a better performance in the return. If I'd been offered 2-2 before the game, I'd have taken it at once. There's nothing to say about the penalty, it was an unbelievable decision. I think we have a 60-40 chance in the return. Milan will have to come at us and try to score at least once. I'm certain we'll go through now."
Franz Beckenbauer: "Milan were outstanding for 75 minutes but faded after that. They gave everything and played a high-tempo game for 75 minutes, but then came Bayern's quarter of an hour. We always looked a good bet for a goal after the 75th minute."
Ottmar Hitzfeld: "It's a good result, and an important one. We've set ourselves up nicely with two away goals. Milan looked exhausted at the end and just wanted to hold their lead until the final whistle. We could have predicted they wouldn't keep it up for 90 minutes. They set off at an incredible pace in the first 20 minutes. I was surprised, it's not what I was expecting from their older players. But they couldn't keep it up, as we saw in the second half. We gave away possession far too easily and lacked precision. We got back into it as soon as we discovered our battling side. But Milan were definitely the better team for long spells, they played with more pace and better technique."
Daniel van Buyten: "It's been a tough evening. We were determined to get ourselves into a good position. The positive aspect to the penalty is that we didn't let our heads drop and we continued to look strong. For the equaliser, the ball just landed at my feet – and we defenders don't stop and think when that happens."
Carlo Ancelotti (AC Milan coach): "Obviously I can't be satisfied. The late equaliser gives Bayern a slight advantage for the return. We basically had the game in the bag, but then Bayern piled on the pressure in the last ten minutes. Winning in Munich will be very difficult."