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Bayern thank fans for ‘tremendous’ support

Everyone knows the Allianz Arena can be transformed into a seething cauldron of noise and colour, but the loyal Bayern fans created an almost unbelievable atmosphere for Tuesday’s Champions League return against Barcelona. “I’ve rarely experienced an atmosphere like that, it was simply sensational,” said captain Philipp Lahm on behalf of the whole team.

The choreographed crowd mosaic prior to kick-off was a spectacle in itself and made news all over the world. After that the fans tirelessly got behind their team, not even allowing Barça’s goals to dampen the mood. “Immer weiter” (Keep going) was the motto adopted by the 70,000 at the Arena. Bayern won on the night but were eliminated from Europe’s elite club competition – and yet the supporters rose to acclaim their heroes for minutes after the final whistle.

“We’ve seldom had such tremendous support as tonight, even though we’ve been knocked out,” said Thomas Müller. “Terrific! It sent shivers down my spine, and that doesn’t happen to me very often.” Coach Pep Guardiola also thanked the fans. “Credit to everyone! We’ll see each other again and celebrate the championship title together when we play Mainz on 23 May.”