Neither Pep Guardiola nor opposing manager Mircea Lucescu were angry after Tuesday’s 0-0 draw in Ukraine, but both know they made things tricky for the second leg of Bayern Munich and Shakhtar Donetsk’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16 draw in March.
Lucescu would’ve liked to see his club go for the throat once Xabi Alonso was sent off for the visitors in the 65th minute, while Guardiola was content to know a straight-up win will do the trick in Leg No. 2.
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There weren’t many chances in the dreary affair, something sure to change come March 11.
Pep Guardiola: “We were a man down for a long time, and that obviously makes it very difficult. We controlled the play, but we created very few scoring chances. We have to win the return now, and we’ll do it with our fans behind us.”
Mircea Lucescu (Donetsk coach): “Our first target was not to lose, and the second target was to give ourselves a chance in the return. We have that chance. What I regret is that we didn’t try and play our football after Bayern went a man down.”
Lucescu is right; Shakhtar is in a decent spot for the second leg given that an away goal can put loads of pressure on the hosts, but a 1-0 lead would’ve been a massive advantage given the Ukrainian’s side status as big-time underdogs.
As for Guardiola, there is little room for error at the Allianz Arena in March, but Bayern will of course be prepared to get a big win (and likely won’t try the 3-3-3-1 with one center back they rolled out Tuesday).