We could not control the counter-attacks, says Javi Martinez

We could not control the counter-attacks, says Javi Martinez


Bayern Munich were knocked out of the Champions League because they “Failed to control the counter-attacks,” Bayern’s Spanish defensive midfielder Javi Martinez has admitted.

The clinical 4-0 rout of the reigning trophy holders has set up a Madrid derby in the Lisbon final on the 24th of May after local rivals Atletico defeated Chelsea 3-1 on aggregate on Wednesday night.

A brace from Sergio Ramos within the first 20 minutes, later followed by two more goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, quickly took the game from Bayern as the German’s knew they required an unlikely four unanswered goals to progress.

“Their first two goals were set-pieces but they created a lot of danger on the break and we’ve been overmatched,” Martinez told Canal+, say AS.

The victory for Los Blancos has avenged the semi-final defeat to Bayern at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2012 and taken the side one step closer to finally achieving La Decima.

“We have been hungry and we wanted to win every title. This is football and today we’ve lost.

“We have to get up. We have to continue to rely on this team, we still have a trophy at stake,” Martinez added.

The two Madrid sides reaching the final has also ensured that Madrid will now equal Milan’s 10 Champions League trophies as most successful city in Europe’s top competition.