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Guardiola: I’m very, very proud

It was yet another gloriously tense and exciting Champions League evening at the Allianz Arena, with Bayern fighting back brilliantly against Manchester United and progressing to the Champions League semi-finals. Addressing the post-match press conference Pep Guardiola was relieved and overjoyed. “I’m very, very proud of my team. I’m delighted,” the Spaniard said, “this is the best part of the season and we’re in a great situation.“

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Pep Guardiola: “The Champions League quarter-finals are always a tough test and that was the case again today. United had their goalkeeper and eight players in the penalty box. We were patient and had a little bit of luck in front of goal. But we’re through to the semi-finals and I’m very, very proud of my team. I’m happy and delighted. The players ran their hearts out today and worked really hard. This is the best part of the season and we’re in a great situation.”

Arjen Robben: “You play football for games like these. You always have to be at your best. You enjoy it and you live for it. You train hard and do everything you can for nights like these. I thought we did really well, especially in the first half, although we should have let the ball do more of the work and switched the play better. That’s what makes the difference against opponents like these. Equalising so quickly was crucial. Only one more opponent to deal with and we’re in Lisbon.“

Thomas Müller: “We kept at it all the way through both games. Then Evra just let fly, and we were up against it. But we picked ourselves up and threw everything we had at them so we could turn it around. We were rewarded for our effort. This team is mentally so strong. The equaliser was vital. We kept up the pressure and we were roused even more than before. After the second and third goals we knew we could breathe more easily.“

David Moyes (Manchester United manager): “We played really well and showed the qualities we’ve got. There’s no shame going out to Bayern, they’re the holders and a good side. There were lots of positives. I thought we did what we had to do and made it difficult for them. Tactically we tried to stifle them, and for long periods we did that. We had a few chances to score a second and I’m disappointed we didn’t. At the end of the day we couldn’t hold out.“