Villarreal boss left lamenting early Bayern strike

An early goal from Toni Kroos got Bayern Munich’s Champions League campaign on track as they beat Villarreal at El Madrigal to take the initiative in Group A following the 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium between Manchester City and Napoli.

Rafinha’s second half goal then put the icing on the cake for the impressive Bavarians, and disappointed Villarreal boss Juan Carlos Garrido was left to reflect on Kroos’ 6th minute strike as the key moment in the match: “”Coming so quickly it affected us physically, tactically and psychologically,” he lamented. “We committed two errors and they scored straight from it. Bayern were more comfortable in possession and had too much space.

“We tried to get back into the game but after the second goal there was no way back and we are left with the feeling they are a lot better than us, although I don’t believe that is the case.”

Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes, who guided Real Madrid to success in the competition in 1998, was naturally delighted with his side’s performance: “We can all rejoice after this match,” said Heynckes. “We could, of course, have wrapped this up earlier but the Champions League is not the Bundesliga, it is a lot tougher. We have a great bunch of players who can be very proud of themselves tonight.”

Villarreal now face a tough test away at Napoli while Bayern sit top of the group and host Manchester City in Munich in two weeks’ time.

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