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Heynckes encouraged by Bayern attitude

Jupp Heynckes praised his FC Bayern München players' focus just days after winning the Bundesliga while Juventus's Antonio Conte conceded his side were second best.

Heynckes encouraged by Bayern attitude
Heynckes encouraged by Bayern attitude ©UEFA.com

Antonio Conte, Juventus coach
We have a lot of work to do, we already knew that. In any case, I congratulated the players because what we have done in the last 18 months is amazing. Nobody likes to lose, but you have to admit it when you face a team that is so stronger than you. They have played two finals in the last three years, so we knew there was a big gap between them and us.

Bayern are really strong, individually and collectively, they can do wonderful things and they fight for every ball. It's tough to play against them and we did everything we could. I also have to thank the fans for the support they gave the team tonight. We woke up from our dream – now we have to focus on the league again, and fast, because we want to win our second Scudetto in a row, which would be a great achievement.

We would have had the same problems with any formation – we just have to admit they're better than us. I don't think we could have done anything more and the way the fans reacted at the end proves it. Bayern will be one of the best teams in Europe for many years to come.

Jupp Heynckes, Bayern coach
It's not easy for players to be fully focused on a game after you've won the league just four days before. That appeared to be the case in the first 20 minutes when we often lost possession too easily and weren't fluent in our game going forward, but slowly we took control of the match and improved a lot in the second half. In the end we fully deserved the win.

We discussed a few tactical matters at half-time. The tactical organisation had to improve and that's what happened in the second half. We have received a lot of praise in the last few weeks. The positive aspect of this is that we recognised the praise but never let it influence our performances. We are having a very good season with some fantastic displays. We are Bundesliga champions, but we still have other goals. We will see if we are on the same level as Madrid or Barcelona.

Daniel Van Buyten had trouble with his vision and was seeing everything blurred, that's why he asked to come off. It was important to keep a clean sheet in the first half, which gave us security. In the second half we dominated the game.

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