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Porto quality no surprise to Guardiola

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola was unsurprised by Porto’s early pressure in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final, conceding the match “did not go well” for his team.

A brace from Ricardo Quaresma in the opening 10 minutes set up Porto’s surprise 3-1 victory on Wednesday.

Thiago Alcantara pulled a goal back for the 2013 European champions, before Jackson Martinez’s second-half effort put the Primeira Liga giants in control of the tie.

“We were not surprised by Porto’s start to the game. I knew we were going to face a very good team, we knew they had a good attack,” Guardiola said.

“The quality of this game was at the highest level, we are lucky to be in this phase of the competition. Jackson Martínez is a top player. Casemiro and [Hector] Herrera played very well.

“In the Champions League you have to be practically perfect to win a match. It did not go well but we have six days to prepare [for the second leg].”

Hot favourites to progress to the semi-finals prior to Wednesday’s clash, Bayern need a turnaround when they host the second leg on Tuesday.

Guardiola felt the away goal from Thiago was crucial for his side.

“This was a typical UEFA Champions League game. After 10 minutes we were already 2-0 down which was obviously not good for us,” he added.

“We are down but we have six days to prepare for the next match – we will keep training and will try to play better in the second leg.

“Of course Thiago’s goal is important but it is not decisive.”

Wed 15 Apr, 2015
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