Bayern's stars lament lost lead in Juventus draw
24 February 2016, 14:20
Berlin - Goal-scorer Arjen Robben admits disappointment was rife in Bayern Munich's changing room after their 2-2 draw, having thrown away a two goal lead, at Juventus in the Champions League.
There is all to play for in the last 16, second leg tie, at Munich's Allianz Arena on March 16 as Juve's substitute Stefano Sturaro and Argentina forward Paulo Dybala netted second-half goals to leave it all square after Thomas Mueller and Robben had put Bayern in command on Tuesday.
Bayern were coasting when Robben's superb strike from the edge of the area left them with a comfortable lead on 55 minutes until last season's Champions League finalists roared back.
"You could feel the disappointment in the dressing room," admitted Robben.
"When you are 2-0 up, you have to close the game down against an opponent like that.
"Above all else, we have to keep control of things in defence.
"Our starting position for the return leg is good and we need to go out there with a lot of passion, but also use our heads, like we did for the first 60 minutes today."
Bayern's Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said the Germans lost their heads after the home crowd got behind their team's fight back in Turin.
"We could have come away with more today," said Neuer as Bayern coach Pep Guardiola played David Alaba and Joshua Kimmich out of position at centre-back to cover for injuries.
"All the chaos in the stadium caused us to lose our composure a bit."
Bayern captain Philipp Lahm was far more positive and even allowed himself a clich.
"The Champions League was the winner today and the spectators really saw something," said the ex-Germany captain.
"It's a good starting position for the return leg.
"Juventus are a good side and we let them back into the game by our own mistakes, but we have something to build on from the first 60 minutes."
Juve's German international midfielder Sami Khedira said the hosts were delighted to take something from the game after staring down the barrel of defeat at 2-0 down.
"Just after the break, we made a phenomenal comeback and played a very good second half," said the 28-year-old, who made way for Sturaro on 69 minutes and seven minutes later the stocky midfielder pulled the hosts level.
"We have to be very pleased with the result, to come back from 2-0 down against Bayern was a great performance from the team."
Guardiola expects much of the same from Juventus in Bavaria.
"I expect them to be even more aggressive in Munich," said the Spaniard, who will coach Manchester City next season and is no doubt mindful that his next Champions League game could be his last with Bayern.
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