It was a night of shocks in the Champions League as Inter Milan and Bayern Munich both suffered late defeats to dent their chances of progressing onto the quarter finals of the tournament.
In Marseille, it took a 93rd minute header from Andre Ayew to hand the home side a significant advantage ahead of the return leg in two weeks time while Swiss club Basel broke the hearts of many Bayern fans with Valentin Stocker’s 86th minute strike.
Though both teams are not quite out of it just yet, the losses do show just what we should expect from both teams going into the last leg. I have to admit Inter had no one to blame but themselves.
For all the chances they created, it is a shame they were not 2 goals up going into the break. Things are starting to get a bit difficult for Ranieri who on Friday last week suffered a humiliating 3-0 home loss to Bologna.
The Italian tactician revealed that conceeding eespecially in the dying minutes of the game was a big blow.
“They played good football, they counter-attacked well and they made more chances than Marseille,” he said
“They lost, but they didn’t deserve to lose.”
Pressure is definitely mounting for Ranieri as his tenure at the club looks to becoming to an end after a series of poor results. His opposite number Didier Deschamps was however pleased with the win liken it to the Italian’s style of play.
“When we scored, there was no chance for them to come back,” Deschamps said.
“It’s true that it feels good when you’re on the right side of it. Often it’s the Italian sides who do that, but tonight it was us.”
“Compared to last season, we’ve progressed,” said the Frenchman, whose side are fifth in Ligue 1 and still competing in both domestic cup competitions. We had a 0-0 then (against United), now it’s 1-0. It’s a source of pride for me and my players, because they believed right until the end.”
Meanwhile in the Swiss city of Basel, another European giant was humbled. 2010 finalists Bayern Munich suffered a similar 1-0 loss to FC Basel thanks to a Valentin Stocker strike 4 minutes from time.
The 4 time European champions are currently experiencing a bad run of form which has seen them win only 3 of their last 7 games. Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer cut a distraught figure after the goal was scored and was later quoted as saying that his team deserved to lose.
“It’s of course a very bitter defeat for us,” he said.
“You can’t even say it wasn’t deserved, we didn’t play well and didn’t take our chances. We have to deal with this internally now and fix the problems quickly. There were too many mistakes and we have to cut them out.”
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