Tuchel: 'Bayern is lucky not to be ahead by Man Utd'
"Bayern is a threat and creates many opportunities in every match. But today, we were cautious in the first half and were lucky not to be ahead by Man Utd," Tuchel said after the win at Allianz Stadium. "The goals that followed helped Bayern gradually gain confidence and play fluently. I'm not completely satisfied, but the players' reaction to today's adversity was really good."
At Allianz Stadium on the evening of September 20, Man Utd created a dangerous opportunity first, but Facundo Pellistri and Christian Eriksen missed close-range shots. Wasting the opportunity, the away team had to pay the price when Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry scored to help Bayern enter the break with a two-goal advantage.
In the second half, right after Man Utd shortened the score thanks to Rasmus Hojlund and Casemiro, Bayern immediately regained the two-goal lead with Harry Kane's penalty kick and Mathys Tel's shot into the roof of the net. The score chase in Munich ended with Casemiro's close-range header in the fifth minute of injury time.
Tuchel noticed a "paradox" in the results, saying that Bayern played better in the second half than the first. But when considering the results of each half, the Bundesliga champion won 2-0 in the first 45 minutes, and lost 2-3 in the remaining 45 minutes. The German coach also praised the players for reacting well to restore a safe two-goal lead right after Man Utd shortened the score.
"In the end, this is a worthy victory for Bayern," Tuchel added. "Every victory in the Champions League has great value. This result is important for Bayern's confidence and development, but there are still things we need to improve."
Tuchel was banned from directing at Allianz Stadium yesterday, because he was sent off in Bayern's 1-1 draw with Man City in the Champions League quarterfinals in April. The 50-year-old coach joked that he had a very good perspective. while watching the match from the stands, and said he went into the locker room to congratulate the team right after the final whistle.
Meanwhile, Leroy Sane believes that Bayern needs to control the match better when leading 2-0 and wants the whole team to stop making too many mistakes. But the German striker was satisfied when Bayern opened the Bayern campaign with a victory.
Meanwhile, midfielder Konrad Laimer said: "This was a crazy match. There were periods where we could have controlled the match better. We had a chance to win by a margin, but let the opponent shorten the score. It's important to start with three points, but we know we can and must improve."
This weekend, Bayern meets Bochum in round five of the Bundesliga, while Man Utd plays Burnley in round six of the Premier League.