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Heynckes hails ruthless Bayern

Published: Thursday 2 May 2013, 0.20CET
Jupp Heynckes said FC Bayern München "played great right from the start" at the Camp Nou, with Tito Vilanova saluting the German side's superiority over the two legs.

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Published: Thursday 2 May 2013, 0.20CET

Heynckes hails ruthless Bayern

Jupp Heynckes said FC Bayern München "played great right from the start" at the Camp Nou, with Tito Vilanova saluting the German side's superiority over the two legs.

Tito Vilanova, Barcelona coach
Congratulations to Bayern on reaching the final – they really demonstrated the level they're at. I would like to thank our fans for backing us until the end. My team stood up to the challenge all the way through. I told them not to drop their heads and we competed well in the first half. Without doubt the goal Bayern scored at the start of the second hurt us a lot and was the killer blow.

Both us and Real Madrid can compete against the German sides but in these semi-finals they were better
Tito Vilanova
My team understood our tactical approach very well and they executed it perfectly. Our organisation was superb
Jupp Heynckes

Bayern got to this stage of the tournament at a great level physically, in comparison with ours. Their players are all in top form while ours aren't, and that's the area in which we need to recover. We had a lot of players missing too.

Lionel Messi played in Bilbao [last weekend] because he felt better. In the final stages of that game he noticed a strange sensation but there wasn't an injury. He wasn't feeling well although he was training. He felt that in that condition he couldn't help the team. It's normal that you would notice an absentee like Messi.

We wanted to compete better but the first leg really affected us. Those who were training well and haven't been injured [this season] did well for us. Both us and Real Madrid can compete against the German sides but in these semi-finals they were better than us.

Jupp Heynckes, Bayern coach
I think it was clear that my team entered this game extremely focused. We played great right from the start. There's no denying Barcelona are a different team without Messi. Even so, I'm sure no one expected us to win 7-0 on aggregate.

I know Spanish football very well, especially Barcelona. I know the way they like to play and their philosophy. My team understood our tactical approach very well and they executed it perfectly. Our organisation was superb and we got Robben in a one-on-one situation, which he loves. That first goal was obviously the decisive moment in the game.

I wouldn't say we witnessed the end of an era tonight. Barcelona were missing a lot of players and we put in a clever performance.

Dortmund deserve to be in the final as they are having a great season as well. Sure, it's a bit of a surprise that they reached the final. I obviously hope we can be successful at Wembley. We will now reflect on what we achieved tonight, enjoy the moment and then turn our attention to the Dortmund game at the weekend.

Last updated: 03/05/13 0.03CET

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