Philipp Lahm regrets champions league exit
Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm has expressed his frustration at the club’s failure to provide outgoing head coach Pep Guardiola with the Champions League trophy during his three football seasons at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern’s 2-1 second-leg win over Atletico Madrid saw the tie finish level at 2-2 on aggregate, with the Spanish club winning on away goal basis, meant the Bundesliga leaders have now crashed out at the semi-final stage.
Lahm rued his side’s elimination, and admitted that he is disappointed at the club’s failure to reward the former Barcelona coach for his service with a winners’ medal.
“It’s a pity we have not rewarded ourselves and the coach for the last three years. Atletico punished us on the break. We tried everything. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough,” Lahm was quoted as saying by goal.com.
“It’s bitter to be knocked out after a game like that, but we can still finish the season celebrating,” added the 32-year-old, who led Germany to 2014 FIFA World Cup glory.
Forward Thomas Muller, who had a penalty saved by Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak with the tie level at 1-1, insisted Bayern’s elimination was undeserved, claiming that the club did more right than they did wrong.
“Football can be extreme at times,” Muller said.
“Unfortunately it wasn’t enough. I have rarely witnessed something like this. It’s quite a setback and of course I’m disappointed because I didn’t score from the penalty,” the 2014 FIFA World Cup winner added.
Bayern — five points clear with two games to go — now turn their attention to wrapping up the Bundesliga title, while they also face title rivals Borussia Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal final prior to Guardiola joining Manchester City.
Meanwhile , the German press praised Bayern Munich’s performance against Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg, describing it as a “bitter” victory, not enough to reach the final.