Lille - Prior to Tuesday's Champions League fixture, Javier Martinez had never gone the full distance in an FC Bayern Munich shirt. That all changed in Lille, however, as the Spanish international completed the full 90 minutes for the first time.

Unfortunately, it wasn't quite the spectacle the 24-year-old had been hoping for, as die Münchner were forced to grind out a 1-0 win in northern France. Following their defeat to BATE Borisov, Tuesday's result put Bayern back on course to reach the knockout stages of Europe's elite competition. With two successive home games coming up in Group F, Martinez believes it's imperative FCB take "maximum points" from those encounters.

Talking to bundesliga.com after the final whistle, the holding midfielder breaks down Bayern's outing against an energetic Lille side, as well as looking at his own personal performance and Thomas Müller’s match-winning penalty.

bundesliga.com: Javier, the match in Lille was hardly one for the football romantics, but it didn't need to be did it?

Martinez: That's right. For us it was ultimately only important to improve our position in the group by picking up a win. It was a difficult match for us given that Lille were on their own turf. With their fans behind them they fought until they dropped, as it was an all-or-nothing game for them. Lille came out onto the pitch and ran as if their lives depended on it. We held them off though and played with a lot of discipline.

bundesliga.com: Both Mario Mandzukic and Bastian Schweinsteiger have missed penalties recently. Did you have any doubts when Thomas Müller stepped up?

Martinez: No, not at all. Thomas is a great striker of the ball. He's constantly practicing in training and pretty much scores all the time. He's very reliable in that sense and I'm delighted that he took his chance to prove that in the match.

bundesliga.com: Valencia, Borisov and Bayern are all sitting on six points in Group F, but Bayern also have two games left to be played at the Allianz Arena. Does that give you an advantage?

Martinez: The two matches on home soil definitely provide us with an edge. We've got to give everything we can to take maximum points from those games so that we can wrap up our attempts to qualify for the next round.

bundesliga.com: In Lille you completed a 90-minute competitive appearance for the first time since joining FC Bayern. Were you satisfied with your own display?

Martinez: Yes, I was pleased with my performance. To be able to play the full 90 minutes was very important for me. I'm trying to raise my game in every match in order to get the best out of myself. That's why I train hard every day.

bundesliga.com: So will we be seeing you in the starting line-up this weekend when Bayern take on Bayer 04 Leverkusen?

Martinez:(laughs) I don't know. We'll have to wait and see.

Interview by Michael Reis