Bayern boss, Pep Guardiola has confessed that his side’s turnaround win in the Champions League over Juventus on Wednesday’s night was “emotionally and not tactically” achieved.
After Juve fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 in the first leg, it was the turn of the Germans to do same at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday and eventually emerged 4-2 winners in extra time.
“The comeback was performed emotionally, not tactically,” Guardiola told Mediaset Premium in Italy.
“When you are 2-1 up at the Allianz Arena, the pressure builds. It’s tough. Franck Ribery and Kingsley Coman did well, then Douglas Costa is capable of dribbling and crossing, so he was important.
“This is football, one minute they say you’re world beaters, the next you’re a disaster. We kept our heads and at the 69th minute I did think we’d make it, but only if we got that first goal back.”
The game was turned around with the key substitutions made, as Kingsley Coman gave Bayern a different dimension and Mario Mandzukic replaced man of the match Alvaro Morata.
“It was difficult for us to deal with Morata, but when Mandzukic came on we were able to control it better. He’s dangerous in the box, less so out of it.
“It takes more than 11 men to win a game. Alex Sandro was tired and Coman fresh with great pace. It’s not easy to overturn a 2-0 deficit against an Italian team, so we needed to show patience.
“We just have regrets for the way we started the match and hopefully we’ll learn from it for the quarter-finals.
“If you want to win the Champions League, you need to beat the big teams and Juventus really impressed me tonight.”
Guardiola is in his last season with Bayern and the Spaniard is key to exit on a high as he heads to England to take over at Manchester City.