Created on 19-09-2012 at 00:00 AM
FCB won their opening Champions League fixture for the ninth time on the bounce as Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos set the Bundesliga leaders on their way to a 2-1 victory over Valencia. Jupp Heynckes felt his side were “composed. Apart from their goal, we gave up very few chances." Philipp Lahm called it “a nice start against our strongest rivals in the group." On the critical side, “we shouldn't become careless just because we're 2-0 up," the coach said.
Reaction to Bayern v Valencia:
Jupp Heynckes: “It was important to start the new Champions League campaign with a win. Especially in the first half, we had to be very patient, because Valencia were very well organised in defence. They’re also strong on the break, and we had to be on our guard. The opening goal really released the tension. We were better and faster in attack. I liked the spell before the break most of all, but overall we were composed, and apart from their goal, we gave up very few chances. But I have my complaints about the closing stages. We shouldn't become careless just because we're 2-0 up. We shouldn't be letting in that goal, and it's irritating when you don't put away a penalty.“
Philipp Lahm: “The Champions League is always a bit special. A quarter to nine and the floodlights on: it's what you dream of, and we saw it again today. Conceding a goal at the end was unnecessary, and we should have scored our second much earlier. But at the end of the day we've taken the three points. It's a nice start against our strongest rivals in the group.“