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Wenger has hope, Heynckes savours success

Tuesday 19 February 2013 23.43 CET
Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger (right) and Bayern's Jupp Heynckes

Arsène Wenger, Arsenal manager
We had a good start in the first five minutes. They scored with their first shot on goal and after that we were a bit nervous defensively. We played against a team with a lot of class; at points in the first half they played better than us.

In the second half we came back, got it to 2-1 and had the chance to make it 2-2, but again we got caught on the counterattack. Bayern are a very efficient team, they make the most of the chances they create and congratulations to them.

It will be very difficult but let's try to make the impossible possible. We must go there and try to play like we do at home. The third goal makes it very diffcult, but we will try of course.

Our fans were fantastic tonight and I'm very disappointed we couldn't give them the win they wanted. It was not the best preparation mentally [after the weekend FA Cup defeat], but the players battled very hard and gave absolutely everything. The third goal was a mental blow because we gave a lot to [try] to get back to two-all, but at this level it's very difficult if you're 2-0 down.

Jupp Heynckes, Bayern coach
Beating an English team 3-1 in England constitutes a big success. FC Bayern's history shows that they have had difficulties here in the past. We had a great start to the game and gave an excellent display, especially in the first half, but you could also see that Arsenal are a good side and that we had to roll up our sleeves and work hard.

Last year we reached the final – this can only be done by having class and maturity. In the second half we were always capable of running attacks and threatening to score. The 3-1 result is richly deserved. It is uncommon for us to concede a goal after a set piece because we have clear routines for them. Usually I am very meticulous when it comes to set pieces, but there was a lot of shuffling and shoving and then such a goal can happen.

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