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Simone Inzaghi accepted the pressure of the occasion for her Lazio players after being thrashed 4-1 by current Bayern Munich in the first leg of the knockout stage of the Champions League on Tuesday.
Competing in their first Champions League tie in 21 years, Lazio found themselves three goals behind at halftime against the German visitors in Rome.
Bayern star Robert Lewandowski pounced on a weak back pass from Mateo Musacchio and circled Pepe Reina to open early, his 72nd goal in the Champions League, which put him ahead of Real Madrid’s great Raúl and only behind Cristiano Ronaldo (134) and Lionel Messi (119).
Jamal Musiala doubled the lead 15 minutes later to become the second-youngest scorer in the round of 16 behind Bojan, before Leroy Sane shot at number three at the end of an attack that came as a result of the loss of the possession of Patric de Lazio.
A bad day for the Serie A side Lazio got even worse 62 seconds after the break when Francesco Acerbi converted a Sane cross into his own goal under pressure from Alphonso Davies.
Joaquín Correa scored one behind with a good solo goal, but, having seen his team send four or more goals in a European home game for the third time in their history, Lazio head coach Inzaghi was he was left to lament some horror in the defense.
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“Unfortunately, we had said this week with the guys that we should play our game,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “We are too sorry for the occasion. We were tense against the world champions, but we basically scored three of the four goals for them.
“Disappointment in the dressing room is natural, but it is already an achievement for us to be here. In games of this level, you have to be 100 percent, do everything right and hope that the opponents are not at their best.
“If we look at it, we are talking about the Club World Cup champions and we scored three out of four goals for them. You can’t make those mistakes at this level. “
However, Inzaghi felt that the game could have been different if Lazio had received a penalty after losing 1-0 on a challenge over Sergej Milinkovic-Savic inside the area.
“We knew the type of team we were up against. I think we started long before the first goal mistake, and it should have been a penalty when it was still 1-0, “added Inzaghi.
“If the penalty had been 1-1, that could have changed the game, but none of that worked out for us tonight. We can learn from this experience to grow and be stronger in the future ”.
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Bayern are now undefeated in their last 18 Champions League games, the fourth longest run in the competition’s history, winning all but one of those games since the start of last season.
Hansi Flick was delighted with the Bundesliga champions’ display, but refuses to take a place in the quarterfinals for granted before the return leg in Bavaria on March 17.
“In general, everyone has met expectations today. We win the ball at the top of the field and put pressure on the opponent. We are very satisfied today, ”he said at a press conference.
“The Champions League is a special competition for us. Everyone was ready to do something special. The victory was well deserved.
“But now we have to play the second leg against Lazio first. We want to reach the quarter-finals and today we have come much closer to achieving it ”.
Thomas Muller has missed Bayern’s last four games after testing positive for coronavirus and Flick is unsure if the attacker will return for Saturday’s league visit to Cologne.
“There is still testing to be done,” said Flick. “He’ll be back when the doctor gives the green light. The sooner he comes back, the happier we’ll be. “