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Allegri: courage cause of Juventus comeback

Massimiliano Allegri said Juventus "gained courage" as they fought back against Bayern München, who Josep Guardiola said had "controlled the game well".

Highlights: Juventus 2-2 Bayern
  • Juventus come from two goals down to draw with Bayern
  • Massimiliano Allegri wants Juve to repeat their second-half showing in Munich
  • "We've got to do better than we did in the first half" says Juve coach
  • Josep Guardiola says Bayern "controlled the game"
  • Second leg takes place at Fußball Arena München on 16 March

Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus coach
We've got to build on the second half, when the lads did well. Let's not forget Bayern's excellent technical quality, which meant we struggled in the first half, although we didn't allow them many chances. They fell away a bit in the second half and we gained some courage – and that is what we need.

I've got to commend the boys on what they did. It was a big test for us as we were facing one of the favourites for the Champions League. The aim was to keep the tie alive and the lads did that. It was never going to be easy to beat a side with great quality. My players have to realise they have a lot of quality themselves and we've got to do better than we did in the first half.

Stefano Sturaro after making it 2-2
Stefano Sturaro after making it 2-2©AFP/Getty Images

To go through, we've got to win, or draw 3-3 there, but we don't have many options. We intended to play the first half differently. Apart from [Thomas Müller's] open goal, we didn't give away any big chances. We could have done better. In Europe, when you're playing a last-16 tie which is like a semi-final, it's nothing to be ashamed of, conceding twice to Bayern.

It's a knockout match in Munich. We've got to win, we have no choice. Whether we win in the first or the last minute doesn't change anything. We have to win. We had a lot of opportunities in the second half and this has got to give us the strength and belief that we can compete with Europe's best.

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Josep Guardiola, Bayern coach
It was a Champions League game between two good teams, so we're happy with the performance of my players. The result is what it is. I know that in this country the physical condition is the most important aspect, but I really couldn't care less. We controlled the game well. I couldn't expect to come here and not allow Juve a shot on goal.

There are moments when you are up against [Paul] Pogba, [Mario] Mandžukić, [Álvaro] Morata and [Leonardo] Bonucci – one of my all-time favourite players – and [Gianluigi] Buffon, so you can't expect to come here and dominate for 90 minutes. We performed really well. We tried to win but this is football.

Manuel Neuer punches clear
Manuel Neuer punches clear©AFP/Getty Images

Overall it was a great display – Juve were in the last Champions League final, they have won four straight Serie A titles, they have just won [13] games in a row. Last year they did better than us too, so we weren't up against some pub team. It's a shame and this was the result, but I'm still very satisfied.

Will it be enough to reach the quarters? I don't know, because I expect Juve to be even more aggressive in Munich. But I'm very happy – this is maybe the happiest evening of my career.

The return will be different. They will come to win or to get a 3-3. We will try to score. I don't expect us to protect this result. We will only defend when we are faced with their incredible attack. We're up against a side with many great players, starting with Buffon and going all the way through. It's going to be a brilliant second leg.

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