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Boateng says Bayern must rediscover cutting edge

Published: Wednesday 2 April 2014, 7.54CET
Jerôme Boateng told UEFA.com that FC Bayern München would have to step it up in the second leg after struggling to convert possession into meaningful chances at Old Trafford.
by Simon Hart
from Old Trafford
 
 
 
Published: Wednesday 2 April 2014, 7.54CET

Boateng says Bayern must rediscover cutting edge

Jerôme Boateng told UEFA.com that FC Bayern München would have to step it up in the second leg after struggling to convert possession into meaningful chances at Old Trafford.

FC Bayern München defender Jerôme Boateng told UEFA.com that Josep Guardiola's men must step up their attacking game if they are to get the better of Manchester United FC when the teams reconvene for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie.

I said before the game that I didn't like the atmosphere, with everybody saying how we'd win here easily – that is not how it works
Arjen Robben

"We must move the ball quicker and create more chances," said Boateng, who lamented Bayern's failure to translate long spells of possession at Old Trafford into clear openings. He also rued the slack defending that let Nemanja Vidić head in United's goal, and Arjen Robben was just relieved to be returning home with an away goal.

Jerôme Boateng, Bayern defender
In the end it is a good result as we finished with ten men but over the whole game we had a lot of the ball but didn't create too many chances and paid for it at a corner. We deserved a draw although they played well on the counterattack. I think at home we have a big chance of going through to the next round.

The corner got them back into the game. We know they're good at corners and we didn't defend well in that situation. They have good, quick players: [Wayne] Rooney is always dangerous, [Daniel] Welbeck is very good, [Shinji] Kagawa came in. We know they have quality players but I think over the whole game we must be a bit disappointed because we had so much of the ball and didn't create so many chances. We must move the ball quicker and create more chances; then I think we can get a good result at home. I am still confident.

Arjen Robben, Bayern winger
We played at Old Trafford, against Manchester United, and they have a very good team. I said before the game that I didn't like the atmosphere, with everybody saying how we'd win here easily – that is not how it works. They are a top team and this is the Champions League, it is not just a simple game.

[On the suspensions of Javi Martínez and the dismissed Bastian Schweinsteiger for the second leg] It is always a big blow if you miss players but on the other hand Dante is coming back into the team next week so we have to deal with it. It is very important that we drew 1-1 rather than 0-0, we scored an away goal so have a slight advantage but have to give another top performance at home and hopefully it's enough.

Toni Kroos, Bayern midfielder
We were dominant throughout the whole match, but United threw everything at us. They defended with ten men [behind the ball] and were dangerous on the counterattack. In the end we really deserved to score the equaliser and the result is not that bad for us.

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