Pep ‘more optimistic than before’

Pep Guardiola is more confident of Bayern Munich reaching the Champions League final than before despite the first-leg defeat to Real Madrid.

The Coach added after the 1-0 reverse that he is proud of his players for their performance, Sport has reported.

“I’m more optimistic now than before playing this game,” he told German television.

“We did everything to win but you can always lose when you’re against great players like these.

“We’ve lost in a respectable manner.

“They have a lot of legs and are the best team in the world on the break. The match was how they wanted it.

“The ball was going faster, faster returns, more verticality, and in that, they are better.

“In Munich we’ll give everything to win. We played against a team with the most expensive players in the world.

“We have done well but the result is not satisfactory. Next week at the Allianz Arena we need to flip the tie.

“I am proud of my team. We played well against one of the best teams in the world.

“Hopefully we can keep improving for the second-leg.”

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