Created on 24-02-2021 at 01:03 AM
FC Bayern took one promising step toward reaching the Champions League quarter-finals thanks to a very strong display. "We wanted to be alert from the first minute and lay down a marker," Leroy Sané said after the final whistle. The reigning Champions League winners sealed a clear-cut 4-1 victory away to Lazio in the last 16 first leg. "We turned in a very good team performance," a pleased Hansi Flick commented. fcbayern.com has compiled the statements.
Reaction to Lazio v Bayern
Hansi Flick: "Everyone lived up to expectations. We turned in a very good team performance. We wanted to put our opponents under pressure from the start, it worked out well. We often won the ball high up the field, created chances and made the most of them. We're very pleased today. We want to advance to the quarter-finals, and today we took a giant stride towards our goal. But there's still a second match to play."
Leon Goretzka: "I'm happy to come back right away into such an awesome match, in a knockout match in the Champions League. We got into the game well. That was important, because in the weeks before we've coasted through the first few minutes a bit. We managed to bring that gameday face onto the pitch, were aggressive from the start and had good control. We won the balls very high up the pitch, which means the way to the goal was closer. That's what made us strong last season. We've set ourselves the goal of getting back to that level. Today was a good step towards that."
Leroy Sané: "We wanted to be there from the first minute and make a statement. We wanted to play aggressively going forward here, away from home. It was a tough game. You could see we were out of gas towards the end, Lazio too. We took advantage of the scoring opportunities and played a solid, good game. Certainly it boosted us that we scored so early."
Reaction from the Lazio camp:
Simone Inzaghi (Lazio head coach): "I don't think we turned in a bad performance. After the first goal, we weren't so confident. We knew it would be difficult. Of course, the result is very unfortunate. But we are now looking ahead to the next games."
The match report as Bayern beat Lazio 4-1: