Heynckes: The lads really gave it everything
Bayern sealed a spot in the last sixteen, beating Celtic in a great atmosphere: the Bavarians' hopes were fulfilled in Tuesday night's Champions League match away to Celtic. "We put up a fight and did a really good job at times," commented keeper Sven Ulreich. Boss Jupp Heynckes said: "The lads really gave it everything and displayed commitment throughout." Niklas Süle commented on the experience at Celtic Park: "You couldn't have wished for a better atmosphere."
Reaction to Celtic v Bayern
Jupp Heynckes: "We knew before the match it would be very difficult and intense. But the team did a good job for long spells, we let the ball do the work when in possession. Our positional play was good, we played well in terms of tactics. But there were also phases when we struggled, when our opponents upped the pace and pressed. But I think the lads really gave it everything and displayed commitment throughout. The main thing was to advance to the last sixteen, we achieved that today. Everything else is wishful thinking, it's going to be hard to claim top spot."
Sven Ulreich: "We knew Celtic would step up their game. In front of their own fans they turned in a better display than in Munich. We put up a fight and did a really good job at times."
Niklas Süle: "You couldn't have wished for a better atmosphere. An atmosphere like this is a stunning experience for a young player. We knew they'd press early, especially in front of their own fans. We struggled a bit, we allowed a bit too much. We have to be more compact as a team. But the main thing was to advance to the next round."
Brendan Rodgers (Celtic coach): "I'm very proud of the team. We did a good job in defence, spotted gaps when attacking, we played really, really well. We're annoyed at the goals we conceded, you just get punished clinically at this level. Of course we're disappointed at the defeat, but we saw many positive aspects in the match. In the last group match against Anderlecht we want to make sure we remain in European competition over Christmas."