Turin (Italy), Feb 24 (IANS) Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola said he was satisfied despite seeing the German football club surrender a two-goal lead to draw against Juventus 2-2, and added that they could not have expected to be “dominating or winning 7-0”.
The Bundesliga leaders dominated for the first hour here on Tuesday as goals from Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben on either side of half-time put them in commanding position in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie.
However, Juventus halved the deficit through Paulo Dybala just after the hour mark and substitute Stefano Sturaro scored from close range in the 76th minute to bring the home side level.
“I’m satisfied with our game. We did very well over 90 minutes and not just 60. We knew that Juventus would get their chances. A win would have been better, of course, but we must not forget that Juventus are Italian champions and reached the Champions League final last year,” Guardiola was quoted as saying by goal.com.
“Juventus had three shots and scored two goals but you cannot think of coming to this marvellous stadium in Turin and not conceding. We couldn’t think of coming here and dominating or winning 7-0.”
Xabi Alonso was rested in favour of former Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal who started for the reigning Bundesliga champions.
“Arturo played the last two games very well. Physically he is very strong. We needed a player with his characteristics back there. Naturally I was not afraid, because I know his character and it was my decision,” the former Barcelona manager added.