Lahm: Defeat boosted Bayern

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm is convinced they have become a better team since losing last season's UEFA Champions League final against Chelsea at the Allianz Arena.

Last Updated: 22/04/13 at 16:58 Post Comment

Philipp Lahm: Bayern stronger since Champions League final defeat to Chelsea

Philipp Lahm: Bayern stronger since Champions League final defeat to Chelsea

Chelsea won the penalty shoot-out 4-3 after the match had finished 1-1 after extra-time but Bayern have bounced back and will face Barcelona in the semi-final of this year's competition.

The first leg takes place in Germany on Tuesday and with Bayern having already won 26 of their 30 home games as they romped to the Bundesliga title, confidence in the camp is high.

Arsenal proved they are not infallible at home though, after they secured a 2-0 victory at the Allianz Arena to draw 3-3 on aggregate in the last-16 of the competition, although the Gunners were knocked out of the Champions League on away goals.

"It was a huge disappointment to lose the final at home, but we see we have learnt from that and come back much better, especially in this season's Champions League," said Lahm.

"We have just developed further and strengthened our squad over the summer.

"Everyone in the squad can come in and give a performance. I think that is what has helped us."

Bayern are still waiting to see if Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi will be fit to play as he continues to struggle with a hamstring injury that saw him miss Saturday's 1-0 win over Levante in La Liga.

The Argentina international galvanised the team after coming off the bench as they drew 1-1 with Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of their quarter-finals to advance on away goals but Lahm insists they will respect Barca whether Messi plays or not.

"Messi is the best player in the world, with him Barcelona play better and we saw that when he came on against PSG, you could see his involvement," added Lahm.

"When he's on, the standard goes up, but Barcelona aren't just about Messi. I don't really care who we face, they are all top players.

"We have to prove ourselves and show what we can do, we want to win here and go on the attack. We have the right types of players who can take on Barcelona and hurt them."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Premier League: QPR look for result against Arsenal, Rio Ferdinand in selection contention

QPR boss Harry Redknapp says Rio Ferdinand could be back in the team as the squad is rotated through the festive period.

Premier League: Nemanja Matic says Chelsea can win quadruple

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic insists the Blues can win the quadruple this season.

Premier League: Ronald Koeman facing selection crisis ahead of Southampton's match against Everton

Harrison Reed's impressive display against Everton has given Ronald Koeman a selection dilemma.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property