Bayern Munich embarrassed LaLiga giants Barça 8-2 in Lisbon, where Neuer’s teammates became the first squad in Champions League history to score eight goals in a knockout stage.
Manuel Neuer feels sorry for his compatriot Ter Stegen for conceding eight goals
Bayern Munich shot-stopper Manuel Neuer said he was saddened to see German rival and Barcelona teammate Marc-André ter Stegen conceded eight goals in Friday’s Champions League quarter-finals. Bayern Munich embarrassed LaLiga giants Barça 8-2 in Lisbon, where Neuer’s teammates became the first squad in Champions League history to score eight goals in a knockout stage. Thomas Müller and Philippe Coutinho are bursting, and goals from Robert Lewandowski, Ivan Perisic, Serge Gnabry, and Joshua Kimmich saw Barça conceding eight goals in a game for the first time since 1946. Neuer – Germany’s number one goalkeeper – expressed sympathy for his compatriot Ter Stegen after the match. “I’m a little sorry for Marc-André ter Stegen for conceding so many goals,” Neuer said. “It’s good for us, but you wouldn’t wish that to any teammate from the national team.”
Bayern played like it was the final, but they haven’t won anything yet
At the match itself, Neuer said: “You could see that we didn’t let go for a minute and that we always wanted to keep playing ahead. Of course, Barça are also very offensive. We know that goals can come. We tried to play towards Barça’s goal until the very end. Accordingly, we were successful.” Bayern star Thiago Alcantara, who started at Camp Nou, made an impressive performance against his former side in the middle of the park. Thiago, who managed to join Liverpool, won two titles in LaLiga and the Champions League, among other awards, before leaving Barça in 2013. “For the respect for my friends, the club I have been to, and my colleagues, I think they are a great club and will turn any situation that comes into their heads,” said the Spaniard.
Manchester City or Lyon are waiting for Bayern in the semis. Alcantara added: “This result gives us more confidence, especially against a team like Barça. But we know that it was only to get through to the next round and we have not won anything. We played like it was the final, only to get to the semifinals, nothing more.”