Alonso: We can do it at home

FC Bayern München midfielder Xabi Alonso is refusing to panic following Wednesday night’s 1-0 defeat to Atletico, insisting the Bavarians can turn things around at home.

The defending Bundesliga champions face an uphill battle to secure their place in the final of Europe’s top club competition, following a 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid at Estadio Vicente Calderón.

Saul Niguez’s 11th-minute wonder goal proved the difference on the night, with Bayern unable to find a way past an obstinate Atleti defence on the night.

As such, Pep Guardiola’s men will have to be at their best in the return leg if they are to stand a chance of overturning the first-leg deficit and progressing to the final. Alonso says they confident of doing just that.

“I leave with the feeling that we didn’t get the result we wanted,” Alonso was quoted as saying by Spanish publication AS.

“It could be better or worse. Maybe Atletico think they’re already in Milan, but there are 90 minutes left. We can do it at home.

“They played as we expected. In the second half, we were better and we realise we will need a great game in Munich. They started better. They created difficulties with the second balls.

“We have to learn, not complain, so it doesn’t happen at the Allianz Arena. We can do it, we believe in ourselves.”

Commenting on the memorable goal scored by Saul, he added: “Saul’s goal? Yes, a lot of merit. With the pitch being dry, we should have stopped him, but it was a great goal.”

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