Munich - They lost, but in a sense they won. FC Bayern München's 3-2 home defeat against Manchester City FC was the club's first since the 4-2 reverse against Borussia Dortmund in the DFL Supercup in July, but the club still qualified from UEFA Champions League Group D in top spot.

"We played a bit too foolishly," admitted the scorer of the opening goal, Thomas Müller, after the game. He was perhaps right. Having taken a 2-0 lead 12 minutes in, Bayern took their foot off the pedal, allowing City to score three times unanswered. After the game, Müller talked about the defeat being the 'best worst-case scenario' for the European Champions.

Question: Thomas Müller, in the first twenty minutes Bayern played like they did in Manchester - outstandingly well. What happened after that?

Thomas Müller: I think City got at us a bit. We played a bit too foolishly and didn't put the game to bed after the second goal. We didn't look particularly good for either of their goals and didn't continue after our strong start.

Question: In recent weeks, many games have decided themselves. Do you think you've had it a bit easy?

Müller: Yeah, that's probably a justifiable criticism, we've been playing with plenty of confidence over the last few months. After taking a two goal lead you're thinking to yourself, 'what can go wrong here?'. Losing 3-2 though, is probably the best worst-case scenario.

Question: Were all the players aware that another goal would have sent City through as group winners? Manuel Neuer indicated that wasn't quite the case...

Müller: No, I knew actually - that's why I went to hold the ball in the corner in the 87th minute. Two minutes later, though, we threw everything forward and we were all in the City box, so I'm not sure everyone was aware.

Question: You probably weren't thinking before the game that such a result could come to pass, were you?

Müller: Well, we never go into a game thinking we're going to lose 3-2, especially not at home. That City were good enough to score against us we did know, they're a fantastic side. We fell asleep after their first goal and perhaps lacked a touch of desire.

Question: After winning 3-1 against Arsenal FC last season, you then suffered a home loss. Is there a phobia of sorts against English sides?

Müller: No, because ultimately we came out on top against both.

Question: What's your conclusion from the group stages?

Müller: We played with a lot of confidence throughout. When you win the first five games then that's a natural by-product. We lost the last game and the records are gone, not that it changes very much.

David Schmidt reporting from the Allianz Arena