Wednesday April 3 2013
Bayern boss happy with Pirlo plan

Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes has underlined how important it was to nullify the threat of playmaker Andrea Pirlo in the win over Juventus.

The German giants put one foot into the Champions League semi-finals with a 2-0 win over the Bianconeri on Tuesday.

“I’ve studied Juve intensively recently and came up with the tactic we employed,” he commented. “Our aim was to put pressure on them early and take Pirlo out of the game, which worked really well.

“Our preparation was very good and you could clearly see our tactical plan. We attacked very early and so managed to take Pirlo out of the equation.

“My team showed a lot of confidence and we were outstanding during certain phases of the game. I had a distinct plan for Juventus and I believe it worked.”

Heynckes was also delighted that his side managed to keep a clean sheet at the Allianz Arena last night.

“It’s a fantastic achievement to not concede against an Italian team. The way we did it especially impressed me.

“At times we witnessed football of a very high standard. We always controlled the game. It was an outstanding display against a team who are about to win Serie A again.”

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