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Mourinho, Heynckes, and more reaction from Munich

Apr 17, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

Jose Mourinho AP

Important people are talking. How important are the things they’re saying? We’ll let you judge.

Here’s the reaction after today’s match in Munich, Bayern Munich getting a late goal to take a 2-1 edge on Real Madrid:

  • “It’s a pity that we conceded at the end as until then we had defended well but it’s over now.. We also managed to score which is obviously very important. We both had chances. We have to score at home in the second leg, simple as that.” – Iker Casillas, goalkeeper, Real Madrid (via UEFA)
  • “It’s the first defeat in this Champions League for us but it’s not one that leaves me with negative feelings. We lost away from home in what was a good game. It was a typical Champions League semi-final.” – José Morounho, head coach, Real Madrid (via UEFA)
  • “We have the second leg to come and it’s not like we have to make a historical comeback – what we have to do is very achievable. If we win at home 1-0, 2-0, 3-1 we are there. I am optimistic we can return here to play the final.” – Mourinho (via UEFA)
  • “I think it was a good game – to play and to watch. We knew Real are capable of scoring lots of goals and it’s a pity we conceded. We’ll have some chances in the return leg and we have to make the most of them.” – Franck Ribéry, left wing, Bayern Munich (via UEFA)
  • “We delivered the things I asked of my team. We showed passion, desire and were hungry for success, which is exactly what you need in the semi-finals of the Champions League.” – Jupp Heynckes, head coach, Bayern Munich (via UEFA)
  • “First goal is a clear offside but it’s a mistake I don’t critic, I accept it. No negative feeling for this.” – Mourinho (via @filippomricci)
  • “The winning goal is what Mario Gomez is all about. He needs crosses; he anticipates them very well. He ran a lot, tried to win every ball, and was very strong. But the best player on the pitch was Franck Ribéry.” – Heynckes (via UEFA)
  1. IainRWB - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    I found the fake anguish of the Bayern players, particularly Müller and Ribery, disgraceful. Every hard tackle they screamed and rolled on the ground as though taken out by a sniper.

    Very disappointing.

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