- Vidal knows FC Bayern still have a job to do in Lisbon
- Chilean discusses his positional flexibility in the win over Benfica
- Midfielder on the impact of having his family in attendance
Arturo Vidal's header after just 107 seconds will be the difference between the two sides when FC Bayern München and SL Benfica lock horns in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter final.
The German record titleholders struck early, but failed to add to the scoreline in a hard-fought 1-0 win and the Chilean match-winner is well aware that his side still have work to do should they accomplish their "ultimate goal". Talking to the assembled press, Vidal discussed his positional flexibility, his return to form and his thoughts on how the tie could play out in a week's time.
Question: Arturo Vidal, you appear to be in a very good mood.
Arturo Vidal: Yes, I'm very satisfied. At the weekend, I could still feel the effects of the international game in Chile in my performance, but today I felt really good. Above all I'm delighted that, with my goal, I was able to help ensure that we won today and that we've got a good chance of reaching the next round.
Question: In recent months, you've been giving off the impression that you're getting stronger with every passing game. What's your secret?
Vidal: (Laughs) I feel a lot more at home here, much more than in the first half of the season. I used to play in a completely different system with a completely different style of football. Now I'm at 100 per cent and feeling really comfortable. I'm playing regularly and that allows me to tap into my strengths like I did today. When it's necessary I'm also capable of making a mark up front. I'd assume that's one of the reasons Bayern brought me on board.
Question: Your family were also in attendance today. Did that give you an extra special boost?
Vidal: Yes, of course. I'm always happy when my family are with me. They are the most important people in my life and they're always there for me when things are going as smoothly. But right now I'm really happy which makes it even nicer to have them here.
Question: What position were you actually playing in today? You were put in holding midfield, but also seemed to take up the positions of a libero and centre-forward at times.
Vidal: You're right. I really enjoyed the role I played today because I had the ball at my feet a lot of the time. I was involved in our attacking exploits, but also defended a lot as well. I like it when I can pose a threat in front of goal.
Question: What are you expecting from the second leg?
Vidal: Oh, that will be a much more difficult game than today was. Benfica are a big team, who defend incredibly well. With their fans behind them I reckon they'll play better than they did tonight.
Question: Were you not expecting to travel to Lisbon with a more comfortable scoreline?
Vidal: No. We watched a lot of Benfica's games and knew that they defend well and concede very few goals. We were well aware we were in for a tough game and that was clear to see out on the pitch. Benfica are a strong team, they're top of the league. We knew what to expect and we managed to win.
Question: You're not through to the next round just yet, but is it fair to say you're travelling to Lisbon as favourites?
Vidal: Yeah, we don't have a huge advantage. Of course it would have been better if we had managed to score a few more goals tonight, but whatever, the 1-0 win is a good result as we managed to not concede any goals on home soil. That's especially important in the home leg because that means our fate is in our own hands in terms of reaching the semi-finals. I hope we can hold onto this result and, down the line, feature in the final. That's our ultimate goal.