FC Bayern München coach Felix Magath said "a 1-1 draw on home soil is not really what we wanted" but retained hope of winning at AC Milan.
There were constrasting emotions for the two coaches as AC Milan took a 1-1 draw away from FC Bayern München in the sides' UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first-leg encounter. Felix Magath was left despondent after Andriy Shevchenko's 58th-minute penalty pulled the visitors level, following Michael Ballack's superb opening goal midway through a first half Bayern dominated.
Felix Magath, Bayern coach
I'm extremely unhappy about the result because we dominated throughout the first half and were definitely the better team before the break. But in the second half, we came back out and started playing too passively. My plan was to bring two fresh men on after an hour to put pressure back on Milan, but the equaliser really hurt us and we hardly had any more opportunities. Young Michael Rensing was outstanding and rescued us in the final minutes when he saved from Shevchenko. A 1-1 draw on home soil is not really what we wanted, but we still have a chance to reach the quarter-finals. We have proved that we are at least as strong as them and can even dominate them. They also have Gennaro Gattuso banned in the second leg, which is another advantage. I don't see any reason why we shouldn't win in Milan.
Carlo Ancelotti, Milan coach
I'm very satisfied with a draw and think it gives us a good chance to progress. But everybody could see that Bayern are a dangerous and very strong side and we have to be very careful on home soil. In the early stages we were tentative, but it was a good match with a very high level throughout the 90 minutes. After our equaliser we had lots of space to score again but unfortunately we could not score a winner. I think the game is evenly balanced and the second leg will be as hard as this match was tonight. Bayern are a strong side and can get a good result in Milan, but we will be prepared.
Michael Ballack, Bayern midfielder
The goal we conceded hurts but I think that we played well and are able to score goals in Milan. It will be a difficult task because it is up to us to score in Italy and after the match some players were disappointed. However, we are optimistic.