FC Bayern beat AEK Athens 2-0 on Tuesday evening, sealing the second victory in their second Champions League away match this season. However, the Bavarians only made their dominance count midway through the second half. "We played well in the first half, we just didn't take our chances," analysed Arjen Robben, and added: "The opener broke the deadlock." His coach was satisfied with the team's performance: "I saw very many good things today," said Niko Kovac.
Reaction to AEK Athens v FC BayernNiko Kovac:
"We turned in a very good display and dominated the match. You can't win 4-0 or 5-0 in Athens. We failed to take our chances in the first half. It was a deserved victory and a very good display. We played against Greek opponents who're always very defensive and compact. It's difficult to create space against them. We faltered for five to ten minutes in the second half but got a grip again. You need a goal on the road. I'm satisfied. Many other opponents will struggle here. I saw very many good things today."
"The conditions were difficult but that's no excuse. We played well in the first half, we just didn't take our chances, we lacked the final pass. That's why it remained goalless and dangerous. The coach told us our opponents would get tired, and that's what happened. However, we had a period in the second half when we didn't play so well. But the opener broke the deadlock, it made things much easier. You have to push on then and score the second goal. That's what we did."
"We got off to a good start, but the match was a bit slow at first, also due to the condition of the pitch. Thank God we scored the opener eventually. At the end of the day only the result counts. But we can and will do better. We're on a good track. Personally I'm glad I can play again and have the coach's trust after my injury."