Champions League: Jupp Heynckes not surprised by Bayern Munich's demolition of Barcelona

Munich coach praises his Bundesliga winners after 4-0 Champions League semi-final first leg win over Spanish giants

the Allianz Arena

The Bayern Munich coach, Jupp Heynckes, has said that his team have been playing so well this season that he was not even surprised by their 4-0 demolition of Champions League favourites Barcelona.

Bayern have taken 81 from a possible 90 Bundesliga points, long sewing up the title, and Heynckes said that form made him relatively unmoved by one of greatest European performances of recent years.

“We dominated the game,” said Heynckes, “over 90 minutes it was very good for us. We played a very good game. But we have had a very, very high level in the Bundesliga, the Champions League and the German Cup, so it was not a very big surprise for me that we scored four goals. But it was very, very important for me that we scored so many and that we did not concede.

”The main decisive factors were the organisation of the team, the tactical discipline. We did so well defensively, every player was really happy to stay back and there was lots of creativity up front. We have shown that this season already.“

Heynckes predicted that, with enough spaces to attack into, his team can score goals against anyone. ”When you don't concede, that is important and we managed to do that. We can do this and still play to attack, we have a lot of creativity, quality and class going forward. If we have the spaces then we use them and we can beat any opponent.“

The departing veteran manager had done his research on the Spanish side. ”You have got to analyse how an opponent plays, where they run, how they attack. Then find something you can hold against that. And I did that, I had a Powerpoint presentation, you could see all the runs they do. Defensively we were vey strong, we worked very hard. Barcelona couldn't really do anything, they had one and a half chances.“

Barcelona's assistant manager Jordi Roura admitted that it would be ”very difficult“ to get through but denied his players had been particularly poor. ”I think we actually played ok in the first half,“ he said. ”We tried to get the second ball but we played against an opponent who was very physical, very good, and the second goal came at an inconvenient time. Bayern Munich was very, very good, they gave us huge problems but somehow we lacked freshness.“

Lionel Messi, recovering from a muscle injury, did not look fully fit but Roura, who refused to blame the referee after one goal looked offside while Jordi Alba was obstructed by a Bayern player for another, insisted he gave his best. ”We didnt get Messi into the game, he tried very hard, it was a great effort of his to be here. He tried very hard. We can be proud he gave everything he could give but we just couldn't do any more.

“Four-nil is a huge result, there is a lot of catching up to do. I don't think it has ever happened in the the history of the Champions league but we will do our best.”

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003