Jupp Heynckes admittedly feels that his side gifted Real Madrid their 2-1 win during the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday.
Speaking to ZDF at the post-match press conference, the Bayern boss said, “We gave Real Madrid two goals with clear mistakes. We had a series of chances that we did not take advantage of, so it is not surprising that we lost.”
The tactician was, however, quick to express confidence that his side could overturn the goal deficit during the second leg at the Bernabeu on May 1 by adding, “The team have created so many chances against Madrid. We have nothing to lose in Madrid and we can play freely there.”
Bayern looked to have taken command of the match after right-back Joshua Kimmich netted the opener. Madrid, however, weathered the early storm and capitalised on momentary lapses in concentration on the Bundesliga giants’ defensive end to score two crucial away goals through Marcelo and Marco Asensio.
The Bavarians also suffered a triple injury blow after Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez left the match with injuries. Heynckes is hopeful that the three, with the exception of Boateng, who is said to have picked up a hamstring injury, will be cleared to compete during the second leg.