Created on 14-04-2009 at 00:00 AM
Bayern have exited the Champions League with a morale-boosting and encouraging display at home to Barcelona. After a nightmare 4-0 defeat in last week’s first leg, the German champions earned a creditable 1-1 draw in the return. “We’re very pleased with the performance this evening, the players have given an excellent account of themselves and kept Barcelona in check,” head coach Jürgen Klinsmann commented afterwards.
Reaction to Bayern v Barcelona:
Franz Beckenbauer: “It was a good game with a decent result for both sides.”
Jürgen Klinsmann: “We’re very pleased with the performance this evening, the players have given an excellent account of themselves and kept Barcelona in check. We’ve reacted well to last week’s defeat. We set our sights high beforehand, we’ve translated a lot of our tactics into action, but we’ve ultimately lost to a team who are a class better than us. Obviously, you start with a little flicker of hope that you might pull off an incredible upset. If we’d have gone 2-0 up… anything’s possible in football.”
Jörg Butt: “It was all about pride for us today. We were catastrophic in Barcelona, but we were very disciplined tonight. We showed a lot more aggression in midfield, we stopped them playing the killer ball, and we looked good going forward. We were a bit unlucky not to take the lead in the first half. It might just have turned out differently if we had.”