Bayern was let down by some surprisingly careless finishing that let defending champions, Real Madrid, win. However, Jupp Heynckes says he saw enough from his Bayern Munich side late on against Real Madrid to believe they can turn their Champions League semi-final around.
Heynckes told the press, "At the end of the day it is 2-1 for Real and we did not do ourselves any favours." Bayern captain Thomas Muller, said, "How Real Madrid did it is their thing but it shows that there is still a lot possible in the return leg."
Heynckes added, "I am not blaming anyone but our defensive operation in both their goals was very bad. Our finishing was also not good. We were not as efficient as usual."
"We are not giving up," said Heynckes, who led Bayern to three titles in 2013. "When you create so many chances against a team like Real then this is also an indication that the opponent is vulnerable. We have nothing to lose and we will play freely. Maybe more so than in the first leg because our game was not as fluid as we would have liked."
The Spanish side, who have had a disappointing domestic campaign, caught the Germans napping after a defensive blunder as Asensio raced clear to score their second goal.
"It was a curious game," Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes said. "We gifted Madrid two goals through our mistakes. We had really good chances and we did not use them. One should not be surprised that we lost. When you have that many chances and you don’t score then you cannot win."
Bayern struggled to recover from the blow and despite having nearly 60 percent of possession they could not find an equaliser. The defeat broke Heynckes’ 12-match winning streak in the competition, stretching back to 2013.
The second leg of the semi-final is in Madrid on Tuesday.