Even though Bayern Munich lost to Manchester City 3-0 in the Champions League, Thomas Tuchel said he “fell in love” with his team.
At the Etihad, the German champions fell behind after 27 minutes thanks to a stunning long-range effort from Rodri, who curled the ball into the top corner with his weaker left foot. By their usual standards, the German champions had had a mixed season.
However, City scored their second goal through Bernardo Silva thanks to an error by Dayot Upamecano, but Bayern rallied at the start of the second half and forced Ederson into a string of good saves.
Erling Haaland scored a volley to make it 3-0, and with City having nine shots on goal, Yann Sommer was forced to make several excellent saves. The tie appeared to be over when Erling Haaland scored.
Tuchel, on the other hand, was pleased with what he saw from his team, which had 56% possession, the most by an opponent at the Etihad since Pep Guardiola took over, and insists that the quarterfinal tie is not over yet.
After the game, the former Chelsea manager told Amazon Prime: “I don’t agree with the result at all.”
“We were punished in periods where we were the better team. We were just brutally punished today.
“I thought our performance was very good until the 2-0 goal. I don’t want to talk down the result, I thought it was a very good performance until the 70th minute.
“I think we deserved at least one goal and gave away one or two too many. I think our players lacked a bit of confidence and form. Obviously the result is bitter for us. I fell a little bit in love with my team today, the way they performed. Even if it sounds strange, it was a lot of fun.”
On Bayern’s hopes of a comeback, he added to BT Sport: “It’s football. It’s a home match. It’s a German team. We will never give up until the shower is warm after the match!”