Following Bayern Munich's 3-2 victory (3-5 aggregate) over Barcelona on Tuesday, the mood around the club was more positive than negative. While everyone was obviously disappointed with the fact that Bayern were unable to qualify for the Champions League Final, the players and staff were more focused on the effort on the day. And, for that, they were proud.
At Bayern, everything flows from the top down. Accountability and leadership start in the boardroom and make their way to the field. This means that Karl-Heinz Rummenigge remains the leader at the club. Taking a broader perspective is his job.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: "I think we did very well as a team. The players put up a magnificent fight and scored three goals, but unfortunately conceded two as well. Taking the 180 minutes as a whole Barcelona deserve to go through, but we bow out with our heads held high. We've not been able to make the final in Berlin against what's probably the best team in the world right now. But we made the semi-finals, and for the fourth time in a row too, so everything's OK."
Matthias Sammer and Pep Guardiola were also proud of the display at the Allianz, but both know where the team needs to improve.
Matthias Sammer: "We're out and that's frustrating. The team showed good and extraordinary character today and we can build on that. We weren't able to compensate for the setbacks the way we wanted."
Pep Guardiola: "We played well and we leave the stadium today with our dignity intact. Obviously we're down because we wanted to make the final in Berlin, but we'd already lost this semi-final in Barcelona."
The Bayern players know that they blew this tie in the first leg in Barcelona, but Philipp Lahm and Thomas Müller know that simple mistakes in Munich cost them.
Philipp Lahm: "We all believed in a miracle, but unfortunately it didn't work out because we conceded the equaliser so quickly. We gave it everything we had. Obviously, we didn't lose the tie today, we lost it in the first leg."
Thomas Müller: "It's nice to see we're capable of matching them but there's no prizes for that today. Even though we were 3-0 down from the first leg we could have got more out of it today. We've let in two goals and not made the most of our good chances."
For Barcelona coach Luis Enrique, it didn't matter if they lost on Tuesday, as long as they advanced.
Luis Enrique (Barcelona coach): "I'm not upset about the result because Bayern are a very good team."