Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes says it 'was not easy' to defeat Valencia, though the statistics indicate otherwise.
The 2012 runners-up made a smooth start to the new Champions League campaign with a 2-1 win over their Spanish visitors at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern were overwhelmingly dominant, with 74 per cent of possession and 17 shots compared to Valencia's four.
“Altogether we played a confident match,” Heynckes told UEFA.com. “In the first half we needed a lot of patience.
“As you could see Valencia are very well organised. They play a good pressing game and get lots of bodies back in defence.”
“Valencia are a good opponent,” said Arjen Robben, who set up the first goal and won a late penalty. “But we are highly motivated as we have shown in the Bundesliga.”
“Leading 1-0 is always dangerous,” commented Bastian Schweinsteiger, who netted the opening goal. “They had their chances to equalise so the second goal was very important.”