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Guardiola: We were very intelligent

Bayern are through to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the fifth time in the last six years. In Tuesday’s Round of 16 second leg, a 1-1 draw with Arsenal was enough to see the holders progress to the last eight by a 3-1 aggregate scoreline. “We wanted to stifle Arsenal’s counter-attacks and control the game. Overall we did very well. We’re pleased and everything’s good,” Bayern boss Pep Guardiola said afterwards.

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Pep Guardiola: “We were very intelligent. We wanted to stifle Arsenal’s counter-attacks and control the game. We only allowed them one chance in the first half. All Arsenal did was wait for us to lose the ball. Overall we did very well. After they made it 1-1 we had a few problems for 15 minutes, but nothing major. We’re pleased and everything’s good.“

Philipp Lahm: “We were very good in the first half. We controlled the play and stopped them creating anything - this against a very good team. But we’d already put ourselves in a great position in the first leg. We made too many errors in the second half. The game got tighter the longer it went on, so it’s important to be able to see a game through to its conclusion in situations like that.“

Bastian Schweinsteiger: “We tried to apply pressure and attack. Arsenal pulled everyone back and tried to close down the space. We looked to get at them down the flanks and our penetration was reasonably good. But we failed to score. For me personally it’s great to play 90 minutes in the Champions League against a team as good as this.“

Manuel Neuer: “Arsenal are not only a good footballing side, they battle away and they have plenty of desire. You only have to think back to the result last year. You have to be alert. But from the 80th minute we knew we could bring it home.“

Arsene Wenger (Arsenal coach): “Overall, we lost the tie at home. We needed to be creating more chances in the last 20 minutes but unfortunately we were unable to do so.“

Lukas Podolski (Arsenal scorer): “It’s always going to be tough making up a two-goal deficit against one of the best teams. We had to be creating more chances. The second goal in the first leg basically killed us off. We’re out of the competition so now we have to concentrate on the Premier League and the FA Cup.“