Unlike Barcelona players and coaches, Bayern Munich members talked A LOT before the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal. The Bavarians delivered some little cheap shots at the Blaugrana, who decided to answer on the pitch. And did they ever; guided by Lionel Messi's magic, Barça destroyed the Reds in fifteen minutes, conquering a 3-0 advantage that almost booked the Catalans a place in the Berlin Final.
After the game, many of those Bayern members talked to the media again, and their message was very different this time. They ran into a freight train, and as expected, they were a little groggy once they woke up from the blow.
Here are some highlights of what they had to say, from FCB's website:
"We did well for a long time, but then Messi showed off all his talent. We wanted to play our football and control the game, and keep the ball away from Barcelona as much as possible – and that’s what we did. But Messi simply made the difference. It’s a shame we conceded the third goal. The return will be complicated now, but we’ll give it a go of course. We’ll fight hard."
"We’ve been caught on the break three times. It leaves a very, very bitter taste. We worked hard, we had one huge chance, and we kept it an open contest for a long time. But we’ve made fatal errors that led to goals. We made it too easy for Barcelona, we gave away possession and gave them the chance to counter-attack. That can’t be happening, especially away from home. You can go a goal down, but it mustn’t end in a 3-0 defeat."
"We did very well for a long time, but we laid on their opening goal for them. We had men over on the left and could have broken at speed, but we’ve offered Barça the ball on a plate. Obviously the individual class of a player like Lionel Messi is unique. I think we were a little thrown by the first goal. Our glimmer of hope is the game against Porto."
"We defended well for a long time. Out on the pitch, I had the feeling we were in control in the second half and maybe even held the initiative to a certain extent, but we’ve been our own worst enemies. We have to pull together as a team now. We’re FC Bayern and our heads stay up. We can’t expect the return to go the way it did against Porto, but the eleven men out on the field will give it everything through to the end."
"We played well for 70 minutes. You didn’t have the feeling it might go wrong at the back, but then we made a mistake. Obviously I’m angry that we folded after that and threw the game away. We need team unity now. Our target must be to win in Munich."