Munich - FC Bayern München restored a measure of pride with a 3-2 win over FC Barcelona in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final, but it wasn't enough to overturn a three-goal deficit and reach a third final in five years.
bundesliga.com rounds up the post-match thoughts of the FC Bayern protagonists, as well a as certain german-speaking goalkeeper from the Catalan camp...
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Philipp Lahm: "As a player you always believe in miracles. The fans support tonight was incredible. I haven’t experienced anything like it. I think we gave everything and showed the will to win. We played much better than we did in Barcelona. We created a lot of chances and I don’t think anyone can claim we lost in any manner today. We haven’t been knocked out by a poor side, we’ve been knocked out by one of the best. We’ve picked up a title so it’s been a good season, we’ve also reached two semi-finals, but our aim is always to dominate first and foremost in the Bundesliga." Sebastian Rode: "We were still able to bid farewell with a home win...even though our exit is ultimately such a shame! But when we fall, we get back up."
Manuel Neuer: "[Pep] Guardiola told us that it was brilliant that we didn't let our heads hang and instead kept pushing forward. Today we haven't lost and we gave it our all to ensure that would be the case. The goals we conceded were the reason we've been knocked out. When you concede three in such quick succession in Barcelona and twice on home soil you're never going to get to the Champions League final. It's not just that we're missing [Franck] Ribery and [Arjen] Robben, we're missing a whole host of them. We lost the first leg in the final 15 minutes, but we're pleased to walk away with a win today. We can't have too many complaints with this season. In my opinion we deserved to get through against Dortmund, but we sensational in winning the Bundesliga. That's what I'll take from this season."
Pep Guardiola: "All I said in the changing rooms was thank you. Last year was a reality check for us. This season we've had a lot of problems, but despite that we've still played exceptionally. We've had ten different operations and that has an effect on the team. But I'm a man for these types of occasions and was really happy with what my team produced out on the pitch even if we didn't make it to the final. I have to thank them from the bottom of my heart for that. We tried to get an early goal tonight, which we did, but then we conceded two quick goals. We were limited in our game, but I'm delighted to have been on the sidelines tonight. I'm delighted to be in charge of the club and these players." Franz Beckenbauer on Sky Germany: "Maybe [Robert Lewandowski] should always play with a mask. He bullied the back line and, for his goal, got himself in the right position before doing something that was unbelievably spectacular. Manuel Neuer was exceptional in the first leg, with the exception of taking one free-kick too early, but the way he reacted today was superb. He can walk off the pitch with his head held high."
Marc-Andre ter Stegen: "I've already had a fair few texts with well wishes and congratulations. My girlfriend told me she was proud of me. The important thing for us is that we've won the tie, even if we didn't win tonight which was of course somewhat disappointing. I'm delighted to have reached the UEFA Champions League final. I don't know whether I'll play more regularly next season. All I can do is give my best. I believe I'm putting in the performances worthy of my position."