Valencia - The final whistle had blown, but was far from content as he talked to Thomas Müller and Dante before exiting the pitch. Indeed, throughout his side's 1-1 draw with Valencia, their penultimate UEFA Champions League group stage encounter, it was evident that the FC Bayern Munich goalkeeper wasn't overly enamoured with the work of those in front of him.

The 26-year-old showed his true colours, producing a world-class save to prevent Bayern going behind early on, but was powerless to keep out Sofiane Feghouli's deflected effort. "Normally I would have saved that shot, but maybe it was a good thing that the ball found the back of the net. Otherwise might have picked up a second booking and I'd have had to face a penalty," said Neuer in the mixed zone of the Estadio de Mestalla.

Talking after the match Germany's, No 1 keeper analysed the mistakes die Münchner made despite their man advantage, explained the Spaniards' secret to success and ventured to look ahead in Europe's elite club competition.

Question: Manuel Neuer, what did you make of the draw against Valencia?

Neuer: I've got mixed feelings. We're happy with the fact we've booked our place in the knockout stages of the tournament, but we can't really be thrilled with ourselves. That's because we know there was more in the match for us against Valencia and that we've actually let two points slip. We didn't put on one of our best performances.

Question: Things didn't run smoothly, especially after Antonio Barragan's red card. Why was that?

Neuer: We definitely played better against eleven men. After the sending off, playing against two compact banks of four wasn't easy. Through[Roberto] Soldado, Valencia then demonstrated that they're very good on the counter.

Question: Were Bayern perhaps caught off guard by Valencia's tactics?

Neuer: No, definitely not. We knew that Valencia were a pure counter-attacking team. We just lacked the killer instinct, especially from our numerous set-piece situations.

Question: Bayern still have to fight for top spot in Group F on the final Matchday. Did you expect the group stages to be more straightforward than it's turned out to be?

Neuer: Things like that are easy to say, but it was clear from the beginning that we couldn't allow ourselves to underestimate any of the others teams who had qualified for the Champions League.

Question: What can Bayern still achieve in this Champions League campaign?

Neuer: Everything's is still possible. First and foremost we want to win our group. Then we'll see which opponent we're drawn against. In any case, we're certainly looking forward to the knockout rounds, but before that there are also some difficult Bundesliga encounters awaiting us.

Michael Reis reporting from Valencia