Madrid - Following a frustrating evening in the Spanish capital, Manuel Neuer was resolute in his belief that FC Bayern München “are still in with a chance” of defending their UEFA Champions League crown, despite suffering a 1-0 defeat in their semi-final first leg against Real Madrid CF.

Speaking to bundesliga.com after the game, the German record titleholders’ No1 admitted the Bavarians will have to be at their best in the return leg if they are to overturn the narrow deficit, highlighting that “everything will have to go to plan” at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday.

bundesliga.com: Manuel Neuer, what did you make of the 1-0 defeat?

Manuel Neuer: It certainly isn’t the result we were hoping for as we were aiming to get an away goal. We’ve managed to get results and keep clean sheets against top sides in the past, especially at home, so there’s still everything to play for.

bundesliga.com: So are you still confident of Bayern progression?

Neuer: We’re still in with a chance. Our confidence levels haven’t dropped and, backed by our home support, we’re determined to reach the final. It won’t be easy, of course. We’ll need to be at our best.

bundesliga.com: Real sat very deep, hoping to beat you on the break.

Neuer: Real defended and countered incredibly well. We knew they were going to do that, but it still made life difficult and they’ll take the exact same approach in Munich. [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Angel] Di Maria, [Gareth] Bale and [Karim] Benzema are all very quick, you have to be alert throughout the game and make sure they don’t have much space.

bundesliga.com: So will limiting their counterattacks to a minimum be the key in the second leg?

Neuer: We’ll need to be very wary and fully focused on not conceding, whilst being a little more ruthless. The result has left us with no margin for error, which naturally doesn’t make it any easier. Everything will have to go to plan.

bundesliga.com: Bayern seemed to find it difficult turning possession into chances against Real’s tight defence. How can you improve in that department?

Neuer: It was tough for Mario Mandzukic in particular, their defenders are very good in the air. They were strong at the back and left us very little space. We’ll have to try and break their defence and create as many chances as we can.

Michael Reis reporting from Madrid