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Guardiola: Victorious Bayern 'ready for anyone'

Josep Guardiola was "satisfied" to reach a club record fifth successive semi-final whilst Benfica's Rui Vitória took the positives from defeat by "one of the best sides in the world."

Bayern celebrate after going 2-1 up
Bayern celebrate after going 2-1 up ©Getty Images
  • Goals from Arturo Vidal and Thomas Müller help Bayern clinch 3-2 aggregate win
  • Bayern through to club-record fifth successive semi-final
  • Bayern coach Josep Guardiola satisfied to qualify and will "play anyone" in semi-final
  • Benfica's Rui Vitória proud despite falling to "one of the best sides in the world"
  • Semi-final draw on Friday at 11.30CET, streamed live on UEFA.com

Josep Guardiola, Bayern coach
I congratulate the club on reaching the semi-finals for the fifth season in a row. We are pleased. We played as well as we should do and as well as we wanted to, which meant we had many chances to score. I want to congratulate all the staff but especially the players. As people know, we've had some problems in defence recently, but we did it. We want to reach the final now.

We had the game under control until their goal. Until then they had not created anything. At this level, strikers are all decent and they scored even without Jonas and [Kostas] Mitroglou. That proves that in the Champions League you need a big squad to compete. We responded well to the Raúl Jiménez goal. We were solid and Arturo Vidal's goal calmed us.

Recently there's been a suggestion that if we don't win the Champions League we have failed. I cannot do anything about that. We have won so many matches these past three seasons, expectations are high.

Benfica are a super team. With Jonas, Mitrouglou and Nicolás Gaitán in their side they would be even stronger. That definitely helped us but we deserved to go through.

It's normal that Cristiano Ronaldo would have wanted to play Benfica as he is Portuguese. Manchester City are a possibility, so are Real and Atlético. We are happy to be here and will play anyone.

Xabi Alonso on moving one step closer
Xabi Alonso on moving one step closer

Rui Vitória, Benfica coach
We wanted to win. Although we didn't, we have to take the positives from this tie. We played two great matches against one of the best teams in the world. We competed until the last minute, always believing in our football. I am sad we are out, but happy with what my players did against very strong opponents. The fans appreciated it too, as you could see from their reaction.

Raúl Jiménez reacts at full time
Raúl Jiménez reacts at full time©Getty Images

Benfica showed the rest of Europe what we can do today. It was a joyful occasion. After 5,000 fans came to Munich, we had the stadium full again today and that gives us pride. The supporters understand that we are all together and they want to get behind us. They make a big difference.

Of course we would have loved to continue in the competition. We performed well all the way through but we fell against one of the best sides in the world. Now, as usual, the next game is all that matters. If we keep working hard hopefully there will be more European campaigns like this in the future.