Simone Inzaghi admits Lazio were up against ‘the Club World Cup winners and scored three out of four goals for them’ in a 4-1 defeat to Bayern Munich.
The Biancocelesti knew they needed the perfect performance against the reigning European and World Champions, but instead gifted three out of four goals, including the opener after nine minutes with a Mateo Musacchio back-pass.
“Unfortunately, we’d said this week with the lads that we should play our game. We felt the occasion too much, we were tense against the world champions, but we basically scored three of the four goals for them,” Inzaghi told Sky Sport Italia.
“If the penalty had been given for 1-1, that might’ve changed the game, but none of it went our way tonight. We can learn from this experience in order to grow and be stronger in future.
“Disappointment in the locker room is natural, but it’s already an achievement for us to be here. In games at this level, you need to be at 100 per cent, to do everything right and hope the opponents aren’t at their best.
“We knew the kind of team we were facing. I think we’d started well before the error for the opening goal, and there should’ve been a penalty when it was still 1-0.
“If we look at it, we’re talking about the Club World Cup winners and we scored three out of four goals for them. You can’t make those mistakes at this level.
“Nonetheless, I think we had shots on goal too. Nobody is saying Bayern didn’t deserve to win, but it was already complicated anyway and then our errors made it even more of an uphill struggle.”
There were also errors going forward, as Lazio forwards were repeatedly caught offside or made the wrong choice.
“We had the sensation that once we beat the initial press, we could hurt them. We scored a goal, created some more chances, we had practiced over the last day some situations that could develop.
“As I said, the Round of 16 was our target, we would’ve wanted to face Bayern with our full squad available. They too had injuries, but ours were more damaging in the grand scheme of things.”
The second leg is in Germany on March 17 and Lazio need a miracle to even hope they can turn this around.
“Now we have some Serie A games, there will be time to prepare for Munich, but hopefully we can play with less pressure on our shoulders and less tension.”