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Reaction to Porto v FCB

‘It’s tough but not impossible’

The course of events in Wednesday night’s Champions League quarter-final first leg was far from what FC Bayern wanted: the Reds were two goals down after ten minutes and ended up losing 3-1. The third Porto goal in particular “hurts us a bit,” Philipp Lahm acknowledged. However, Bayern are determined to turn the situation around in Munich next week. “It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve won a match at home,” commented Thomas Müller. Sporting director Matthias Sammer said: “We’re full of optimism. We’ll need a top performance – and we’re capable of one.”

Reaction to Porto v FCB

Matthias Sammer: “Errors like ours are punished at this level. It’s frustrating. We have to shake ourselves awake. If you want to become a great team, you have to be able to put these things behind you. We now have to score at least twice at home. We’re full of optimism. We’ll need a top performance – and we’re capable of one.”

Pep Guardiola: “We recovered well from going 2-0 down and controlled the match. I’m not totally unhappy with my team. We tried everything we could, but it wasn’t easy. Porto are a physically strong team. The third goal was a bad setback. It’s a complicated result, but together with our fans, we’ll give it a go in the return and won’t give up easily.”

Philipp Lahm: “The team reacted well to the agony of going two down after ten minutes. We could easily have lived with losing 2-1, but their third was a bad goal to concede and hurts us a bit. It makes it tough but not impossible. But cursing our luck won’t help us now, we have to move on from here. Winning 2-0 or better at home is a possibility. Porto have a couple of important players suspended for the return. We have to play our football, create chances by controlling possession and put them away. That would give us a very good chance.”

Thomas Müller: “It was a start to forget. We were 2-0 down after ten minutes without our opponents creating a single chance from open play. Our reaction wasn’t bad. We stayed calm, we dominated the game in the first half and pulled a goal back. It’s a shame the game became so scrappy in the second half, and we weren’t able to play our football any more. Porto did a good job of parking the bus. Then we’ve gone and conceded another silly goal, but we can still go through. It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve won a match at home. We’re optimistic, but we know we have a lot to do. We’ve not made it easier for ourselves.”

Manuel Neuer: “It’s not gone the way we wanted it to. We weren’t as confident in our passing and we hardly created any chances. That was the one problem, and the other was the mistakes we made. You’ll always be punished in the Champions League. We know we’ve fallen short collectively today, but life goes on.”

Jackson Martínez (FC Porto captain): “We knew it would be a tough match and we’d have to give it everything, but we’ve done very well. I’m not yet 100 percent fit, but I felt really good. I decided I could play at the last minute.”