Bayern determined to finish the job after Shakhtar stalemate
Lviv - Without the bonus of an away goal following Tuesday's goalless draw in Lviv, FC Bayern München know only a win - or the lottery of penalties - will do in next month's UEFA Champions League last-16 second leg with Ukrainian Champions FC Shakhtar Donetsk.
Xabi Alonso's second-half sending off on the Spaniard's 100th appearance at Europe's top table did not help matters, but it was the five-time winners' inability to hit their customary stride that irked the Bayern camp more than anything else.
'The details make the difference'
"We’d like to have scored here, it would have been important," admitted Mario Götze. "We made really hard work of it in the final third, and all in all we never played our usual game the way we intended to. We have a second game, and we’ll need to give it all we’ve got. The details make the difference in the Champions League."
Only one of Bayern's eight attempts on goal in Lviv hit the target, while their possession count was markedly down from the plus-seventies to 59 percent. Nevertheless, a 0-0 draw is hardly a bad result given the circumstances of Alonso's 65th minute dismissal for a second-bookable offence. Shakhtar got in the Bavarians' faces, albeit without ever looking like scoring themselves.
'We have to win the return'
"I'm particularly happy with the opening spell of the game when our players created three or four chances to open the scoring and controlled the ball," said Pep Guardiola. "The plan was to restrict Shakhtar’s quick players from hitting us on the counter. I'm happy that we coped with this as they had zero goal chances. We have to win the return now, and we’ll do it with our fans behind us.”
The two sides will reconvene in three weeks' time at the Allianz Arena, where the Bundesliga leaders haven't lost since being humbled by Real Madrid CF in the semi-final of last season's competition. Shakhtar have shown they are not exactly averse to parking the bus, but Bayern wouldn't be Bayern if they didn't have grounds for improvement. "It wasn't bad," conceded sporting director Matthias Sammer, "but it's not the real Bayern yet - and that's where we have to be."
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