May 1, 2013, 7:46 PM EDT
All quotes are from UEFA.com unless otherwise noted.
“I think it was clearly noticeable that my team entered this game extremely focussed. We played great right from the start. However, there is no denying it – Barcelona is a different team without [Lionel] Messi. Still, I’m sure no one expected us to win 7-0 on aggregate.” — Jupp Heynckes, Bayern coach
“I know Spanish football very well, especially Barcelona. I know the way they like to play and their philosophy. My team understood our tactical approach very well and they executed it perfectly. Dortmund deserve to be in the final, as they are playing a great season as well. Sure, it’s a small surprise that they reached the final. I obviously hope that we can be successful in Wembley.” — Jupp Heynckes, Bayern coach
“I’m sure we’ll celebrate with a few beers tonight. It’s not taken for granted to beat Barcelona on their home ground 3-0. But I’ve always said that we have special characters in our squad and that we are capable of great things.” — Philipp Lahm, Bayern captain
“Maybe you are right and this is one of our worst nights. The truth is that it isn’t pleasant living through a situation like this. In the first half we really tried but when they scored the first we were left feeling down. We have to congratulate Bayern who were superior.” — Gerard Piqué, Barcelona defender
“What we must look to do now is to close out the Liga and start to think about next season. The fact that Lionel Messi, the best player in the world, did not play was a factor but I do not think his participation tonight would have changed things all that much.” — Gerard Piqué, Barcelona defender
“We would have taken the risk of playing Leo at the end if we’d still have had options to qualify.” — Tito Vilanova, Barcelona coach, via @barcastuff
“We knew exactly how to play against Barcelona both in the first and second legs. When I came to Bayern one of my objectives was to win trophies. We have won one and are now into two finals. The truth is we weren’t expecting Lionel Messi to be absent so when we saw his name wasn’t in the starting lineup we breathed a slight sigh of relief.” — Javi Martínez, Bayern midfielder
“I don’t know if German football is now going through a better phase than the Spanish game. I only know that in Germany they are doing things well; the stadiums are always full. The Bundesliga needs to continue what they are doing. I’m not sure whether it is the best [league] but I’m sure it is among the three best.” — Javi Martínez, Bayern midfielder
“I think it is a terrific performance, it is a little bit of history. If we perform like this, against a team who have dominated Europe for the past five years, who have so much quality, it is amazing.” –– Arjen Robben, Bayern winger
“[The final] is going to be a big one. Dortmund have proved over last two to three years they are a very good team. It will be decided on very small details.” –– Arjen Robben, Bayern winger
“The most important thing is we play as a team, not only going forward but defensively. We are very organised, and do our jobs, and the forwards work hard and work backwards. If you want to achieve something and have results and win competitions at a high level you have to defend as a team.” — Arjen Robben, Bayern winger
“I would like to congratulate Bayern because they were clearly better than us and deserve to be in the final. We lost the tie in Munich. Obviously Lionel Messi’s absence was felt but the rest of the players stood up to the challenge. I am proud of the squad, the technical staff and the fans.” — Sandro Rossell, Barcelona President
“I think that Bayern are currently the strongest team in Europe and that they will win the final, although in football you never know. I don’t think that Spanish teams did all that badly in the competition this season. Now we must wait for next season and see what happens.” — Sandro Rossell, Barcelona President
“It’s not about a lack of motivation. We played against a great team, Bayern were very solid, and opponents know us better each time.” — Cesc Fabreags, Barcelona midfielder, via @barcastuff
“Madrid also being eliminated changes something? No, we look at ourselves. Madrid winning or losing, you feel as bad after a loss.” — Gerard Pique, Barcelona defender, via @barcastuff
“If my answers seemingly don’t make any sense, let me apologies right away, I’ve had a beer on an empty stomach.” — Thomas Muller, Bayern attacker, via @normusings
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