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Magath mourns lack of luck

Published: Wednesday 13 April 2005, 0.30CET
Felix Magath bemoaned his lack of fortune after FC Bayern München bowed out of the UEFA Champions League.

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Goals scored3
 
2
Attempts on target10
 
4
Attempts off target12
 
3
Corners11
 
2
Offsides0
5
Fouls committed13
 
18
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 13 April 2005, 0.30CET

Magath mourns lack of luck

Felix Magath bemoaned his lack of fortune after FC Bayern München bowed out of the UEFA Champions League.

Despite some late drama, Chelsea FC booked a place in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals for the second successive season. They will now face either Liverpool FC or Juventus FC in a fortnight after goals from Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba - who also scored three between them in the first leg - either side of Claudio Pizarro's 65th-minute equaliser - took the aggregate score to 6-3 and left quarter-final opponents FC Bayern München with too much to do. Despite Mehmet Scholl and José Paolo Guerrero both scoring late on to pull the aggregate score back to 6-5, Bayern coach Felix Magath was left to bemoan his lack of luck, attributing Chelsea's win to their greater fortune and ruthlessness in front of goal. But the Premiership outfit are already looking ahead, with Lampard espousing his side's "hunger and desire" to go all the way to the final.

Felix Magath, Bayern coach
Another deflected goal from Chelsea. Chelsea were not better than us, they were just more fortunate and clinical in front of goal. The match was very disappointing again, because although we had the opportunity to score in the first half, we lacked a bit of fortune from promising situations. The [first] equaliser gave us new hope, but Chelsea made it very hard for us in the last 30 minutes. This situation displayed Chelsea's high quality, but I must also compliment my team as the players never gave up and fought until the end. Unfortunately, we broke through too late and in the end we were not the worse, rather the unluckier side. I don't know who will win the Champions League; it could be Juventus, [AC] Milan or Chelsea. But we will definitely not win it!

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern chairman
We played brilliantly, but were simply unlucky at a few decisive moments. We should have converted our first-half opportunities and were always going to pay against one of the strongest teams in Europe. When Drogba made it 2-1 we needed a miracle, but there aren't many wonders in football.

Michael Ballack, Bayern midfield player
It's annoying. We were the best team and we deserved to go through. We had numerous chances and should have got something out of this game, but Chelsea are a very capable team.

Rui Faria, Chelsea fitness coach
The most important thing is to be in the semi-final. We were the better team and everybody did a fantastic job, we performed well and so we're happy. Now we are waiting for the semi-final to come and we will see what will happen there - every match is different.

Frank Lampard, Chelsea midfield player
You can see the hunger and the desire. We got very close last year but lost in the semis to [AS] Monaco [FC] and we want to go one better. We don't mind who we play in the semi-final, Liverpool or Juventus; we will just enjoy getting through, it's all that matters. We did the hard work at 2-1 up, maybe we were sloppy at the end but we're through.

Last updated: 13/04/05 10.42CET

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