Roma realised defending was their only chance, says Lahm

The midfielder says he can understand why the Giallorossi abandoned their usually adventurous tactics in light of their 7-1 mauling at the Olimpico two weeks ago

Philipp Lahm believes Roma had no other option but to defend if they were to avoid another thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich in Wednesday’s Champions League encounter.

The Serie A outfit were beaten 7-1 at the Stadio Olimpico two weeks ago and opted for a defensive strategy in the reverse fixture in order to avoid a repeat.

Bayern once more emerged victorious at the Allianz Arena, however, with Franck Ribery and Mario Gotze helping them to a 2-0 win.

“Roma learned from the reverse fixture that you have to play defensively against us,” Lahm told the official Uefa website.

“They did that and at times played with six at the back, so it was not easy to create chances. That made getting the opening goal all the more important – it set us up to push on in the second half.”

Wednesday’s results saw Bayern secure top spot in Group E, allowing them to turn their focus to the Bundesliga for the time being, much to the delight of Lahm.

“We have won the group now, so we can focus all our energies on the Bundesliga,” the World Cup winner enthused.

Bayern resume Bundesliga action against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. Pep Guardiola’s unbeaten outfit are currently four points clear of Wolfsburg, after 10 rounds of action.

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