UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Juventus captain Biffon concedes Bayern supremacy

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 04 April, 2013, 4:57am
AFP

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Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon admitted his side could have no complaints after their 2-0 defeat at Bayern Munich.

"We were facing a great team. We were very confident, but we have nothing to complain about because Bayern clearly deserved this victory and they also had other chances to score more during the game," said the veteran goalkeeper.

Bayern take a significant lead to Turin for next Wednesday's return leg after an early goal from Austria's David Alaba and a second-half strike from Germany's Thomas Mueller at the Allianz Arena put the Germans in pole position.

"We know there is still the return leg to play and we can certainly hope for a comeback," said Juventus' veteran Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo.

"Obviously it's never easy when you play away and you concede a goal after less than one minute, but Bayern played better than us for the entire 90 minutes. It was very difficult for us to play our normal game."

Juventus coach Antonio Conte said that his side had done well considering they had been facing one of the biggest team's in club soccer. "Bayern Munich are a super power and therefore are favourites for the title along with Barcelona and Real," he said.

"You can feel they have something to prove after the lost [2012] final against Chelsea."

The Italians will have to produce a top performance in Turin if they are to maintain that record as Bayern dominated, but victory came at a price with midfielder Toni Kroos expected to miss six weeks with a groin injury.

"It doesn't look so good for Toni. We're waiting for more results of tests, he's an important player for us," said Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes.

"We are happy to have won, while keeping an Italian team scoreless, and I am happy with the performance," said Heynckes. "That was a high-class game for long periods and we controlled the game against the Italian champions … we studied Juventus closely, we managed to disturb their game early and take Pirlo out of the game."

 

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