The game could have started so well from Salzburg’s point of view. Adeyemi fueled his way down the left flank, but Cataldo didn’t put his cross ball into the net. “Today, of course, you could see a class difference in hindsight, but you don’t know it beforehand. We had this situation in the early stages that really could have given Salzburg a can opener. But then we had more grip, more chances to score, and a bit of luck too. In the second half you could see that Salzburg didn’t know whether to defend or attack. We then made good use of these spaces. Because of the importance of the game, we didn’t stop in the second half either. The joy of playing was already there,” said Bayern star Thomas Müller after the 7-1 win.
Salzburg coach Matthias Jaissle would definitely have imagined this evening differently: “It was an extremely bitter evening, and things went against us. We didn’t manage to bring the virtues that made us stand out in the first leg onto the pitch. Then we’re not the only team that gets under the wheels. You also have to commend the Munich team, they occupied the space well. We weren’t at the same level as in the first leg,” said the German.
The fact is, however, that the cops have had to deal with numerous corona cases in the past few days. “We didn’t have an easy preparation for the game. We always said that wasn’t an excuse, but you could see that one or the other player wasn’t at 100 percent. It hurts to say goodbye to the Champions League like that. But I would like to take the opportunity to once again praise the squad as a whole. We achieved something historic by reaching the round of 16, and that shouldn’t be forgotten either.”
For Rasmus Kristensen, the class difference was also striking: “It was easy to see: Today was an opponent on a different level. We had chances in the early stages of the game but if you don’t create those chances it will be difficult. We gave everything, but it wasn’t enough. We have to be honest, it was well deserved that Bayern progressed over two games. It has nothing to do with attitude, it has nothing to do with focus, with tactical things. Today we were bad in all eleven positions, so it will be difficult here in the Allianz Arena.”
Philipp Köhn experienced a used evening in goal for Salzburg: “The disappointment is very great now. We’re trying to digest this now. The start wasn’t ideal. Two penalties at the start are extremely bitter. I think we can still be proud of our performances in the Champions League all season. I don’t know if the result is merited at altitude. We’re still proud of what we’ve achieved this season. We are now looking ahead, to the championship and the cup – we have to concentrate on that.”