Philipp Lahm paid tribute to the spirit of his FC Bayern München team-mates after they came from two goals down to beat Juventus in the Champions League.
The Bundesliga champions found themselves 2-0 down at half time courtesy of strikes from Paul Pogba and Juan Cuadrado, but a Robert Lewandowski effort was followed by an injury-time equaliser from Thomas Muller before extra-time goals from substitutes Thiago Alcantara and Kingsley Coman saw them progress to the quarter-finals.
“It was an incredible night,” Lahm told reporters after the game.
“First of all thanks to the crowd. It was an incredible atmosphere and the fans pushed us forward.
“You can see how close it is between the top teams, we could have conceded a third goal just before half-time.
“But we knew we could make it from two goals down, the players who came on did an outstanding job.”
— Jerome Boateng (@JB17Official) March 16, 2016
Many pundits and commentators have claimed Pep Guardiola’s time at the club would be labelled a failure should he fail to win the Champions League with Bayern. The former Barcelona boss is leaving Bavaria in the summer to join Premier League side Manchester City, meaning this year represents his final chance to deliver Europe’s most coveted piece of silverware.
However, the Spaniard was keen to distance himself from the narrative, and instead decided to dedicate the win to the Bayern fans.
“This was a great game for the fans,” Guardiola said. “We played against the finalist of last year and knew they are a great team.
“I have to give a big compliment to my team. It’s very complicated to win against an Italian team after going 2-0 down.”
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) March 16, 2016