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Heynckes delight at 'extraordinary' Bayern

Published: Wednesday 24 April 2013
Jupp Heynckes was full of praise for FC Bayern München, but cautious despite an outstanding success against FC Barcelona, who Jordi Roura says will "give it our all".
Published: Wednesday 24 April 2013

Heynckes delight at 'extraordinary' Bayern

Jupp Heynckes was full of praise for FC Bayern München, but cautious despite an outstanding success against FC Barcelona, who Jordi Roura says will "give it our all".

Jupp Heynckes, Bayern coach
We have been playing extraordinary football for the entire season now. We have a fantastic team and the players get along great together, both on and off the pitch. Falling short of success in the past two years has only made them hungrier to win this year. The tactical awareness of this team is top notch as well, just like their willingness to run and fight for one another. Today's game was a perfect example of that.

I am happy about the result, but I am not getting carried away. I know we still face 90 very difficult minutes in Spain. We will enjoy what happened tonight, but nothing more. It is important to stick to your tactical guidelines against Barcelona and that is what makes my team stand out this year.

It is also important that we keep our tactical discipline at the back, because at the front we can always rely on our creativity. [Thomas] Müller wanted to be subbed off before he made it 4-0, but the ball did not go out and so I kept him on the pitch.

Jordi Roura, Barcelona assistant coach
Bayern have to be congratulated. They were very strong and superior to us. They are a very physical team, tall and strong. We didn't play all that badly in the first half but then they scored quite early in the second from a set play following a corner – and from there it was difficult. We left too many spaces and we suffered for a lack of physicality.

Bayern played a great game while we were lacking that freshness to compete with them and that is something we have to look at. We did not see situations where we could have changed things after the break. It's a bad result and we are down. We know we're in a difficult position now, but as Barcelona we have to compete in the second leg and try to win. We will give it our all.

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