Lahm: European tie not over yet

Philipp Lahm remains confident that Bayern Munich can reach the Champions League final, despite Wednesday’s semi-final, first-leg loss to Atletico Madrid.

In an interview with the Bundesliga website, Lahm expressed his disappointment at his team’s inability to take advantage of the chances that came their way and the manner in which they conceded the match’s only goal.

Despite both losing the first-leg encounter and failing to score an all-important away goal, the Bayern right-back feels they will do enough in the return fixture to reach the final.

“We just did not convert our chances,” Lahm said. “We didn’t expect to get as many as we did actually, especially in the second half. Unfortunately, we weren’t clinical enough in front of goal.

“We really shouldn’t have conceded the way we did. You have to say that we didn’t allow them many chances, though. We tried not to take too many risks at the beginning which is why we played more long balls than we usually do.

“We were aware of how strong Atletico are. As the match progressed, we tried to play football again which worked out better for us.

“The fact that we created several opportunities after the break helps me believe we can make it. We’ll have to be more clinical when we play them at home, however.

“I don’t think there are a lot of teams that managed to create as many chances away to Atletico in the past few years. That will give us confidence.”

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