Lahm: Bayern were chasing shadows against Manchester City

The ex-Germany international feels the Premier League side were the better team early on but insisted Bayern eventually deserved their win

Philipp Lahm has admitted that Bayern Munich were chasing shadows in the opening stages of their 1-0 Champions League win over Manchester City at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.

The Bundesliga champions initially struggled against City but took the initiative after Pep Guardiola made some tactical changes, eventually recording a narrow win courtesy of Jerome Boateng’s late half-volley.

“It was a bit difficult to start with because Manchester saw a lot of the ball and we were chasing shadows,” he told the club’s official website.

“But we switched things around and it was a lot better.

“We had some huge chances in the first half, and we had the better chances over the full 90 minutes. 

“We’ve played one of the best teams around and they’re very dangerous. You don’t win matches like that just by turning up. 

“We worked hard and we’re pleased with the win. We wanted to open with a win, although it’s obviously lucky when the winning goal comes so late.”

Bayern will be looking to make it two wins out of two when they face CSKA Moscow in the second round of fixtures on September 30, with the Russian side aiming to bounce back from their 5-1 mauling by Roma on Wednesday.

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