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Bayern Munich ‘naive and reckless’ against Real Madrid but Joshua Kimmich hopeful of comeback

  • Real Madrid came from behind to beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in first leg
  • Marcelo and Marco Asensio turned the tables after Joshua Kimmich’s opener
  • Bayern wasted several chances to extend their lead at the Allianz Arena
  • Kimmich was critical of their profligacy but believes a comeback is possible

Joshua Kimmich believes Bayern Munich exposed some ‘very big weaknesses’ in Real Madrid during their Champions League semi-final first-leg defeat.

However, the German defender also lamented his side’s ‘completely naive and reckless’ attacking approach at the Allianz Arena.

A goal in each half from Marcelo and Marco Asensio cancelled out right-back Kimmich’s opener at the Allianz Arena and ensured that ruthless Real will take a 2-1 advantage back to the Spanish capital for next week’s return fixture.

Joshua Kimmich believes Bayern Munich can still reach the Champions League final in Kiev

Marcelo cancelled out the German's opening goal after Bayern missed several chances

Marcelo cancelled out the German’s opening goal after Bayern missed several chances

Marco Asensio netted the winner for Real Madrid but Kimmich identified some big weaknesses

Marco Asensio netted the winner for Real Madrid but Kimmich identified some big weaknesses

Wednesday’s result could have been very different had Bayern took advantage of Real’s first-half defensive woes and Kimmich pulled no punches when criticising Bayern’s profligacy.

‘We were completely naive and reckless with our chances,’ he told reporters.

‘Real shot twice on goal and twice they scored. That’s their quality and that just [must] not happen to us.’

It is now an identical scenario to last season’s quarter-finals, when Bayern trailed by the same scoreline before fighting back to force extra-time in a thrilling six-goal encounter at the Bernabeu.

It is that battling display coupled with Juventus’ dramatic recent near miss in Madrid – in which they scored three times without reply to level proceedings before falling to a contentious late Cristiano Ronaldo penalty – that gives Kimmich hope that the tie is far from over.

‘If a team shoots twice on goal and scores twice, that’s quality,’ he said. ‘But today they have also clearly shown that they have very big weaknesses.

‘Last season we also turned it around, more or less, so that we took the game into extra-time.

‘We know that we have to score two goals. It’s possible – Juve showed that, we showed it last year.’ 

Robert Lewandowski spurned a late opportunity and Kimmich bemoaned Bayern's profligacy

Robert Lewandowski spurned a late opportunity and Kimmich bemoaned Bayern’s profligacy

He added: ‘I would say the game itself was not a bad one, but such mistakes are simply punished in the Champions League semi-final, especially against Real Madrid.

‘I did not expect that we would have so many chances, but you just have to take them and kill them in the first half.’ 

 

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