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Reaction to Man Utd v FCB

‘The away goal is important’

FC Bayern have mastered the first hurdle and the 1-1 draw in Manchester puts the Reds in a good position to progress the last four of the Champions League. But next Wednesday’s match in Munich calls for 90 minutes of hard work. “Manchester United are one of the best teams in the world – you have to remember that,” said Pep Guardiola satisfied with the outcome of the first leg encounter. And Toni Kroos added: “We’ve got every chance of winning the return game.” 

Reaction to Man Utd v Bayern

Matthias Sammer: “We sounded a warning ahead of the game in Manchester but people turn a deaf ear at times. They played just as we expected. They were very strong physically, organised and they tried to play on the counter. They managed that really well and they made life difficult for us. But that’s what you expect in the Champions League – it’s the top level of the game. So we accept it and we’re happy with the result.”

Pep Guardiola: “I congratulate my team. I’m happy because Manchester United are one of the best teams in the world – you have to remember that. The away goal is very important even though 1-1 can be very dangerous. We’ll try to win the second leg. I have complete confidence in my players.”

Arjen Robben: “It was a good game. Manchester sat back and played on the break. As expected, we had to make the running and create a number of chances. 1-1 is a good result. We have to finish the job next week.”

Toni Kroos: “It was a tough game. We dominated the match but Man United gave their all and they were dangerous. We deserved the 1-1 draw at the end of the day. The result’s OK. We’ve got every chance in the return game.”

David Moyes (Manchester United coach): “I’m happy overall. Bayern dominated the game for long periods but we were very disciplined and we created a number of good chances. We’ll have to score a goal in Munich so the result gives Bayern a slight advantage.”