Gotze frustrated at Bayern's tame attack

The German champions were held to a 0-0 draw by Shakhtar Donetsk, leaving the former Borussia Dortmund attacker disappointed

Mario Gotze has admitted his frustration at Bayern Munich’s inability to score an away goal in their 0-0 draw at Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.

The German side were huge favourites going into the Champions League round-of-16 first leg but failed to breach the Ukrainians’ defence and also had Xabi Alonso sent off midway through the second half for two bookable offences.

Former Borussia Dortmund playmaker Gotze expressed disappointment that his side were unable to fashion more goalscoring chances from their superiority on the ball.

“We had some problems in attack today,” Gotze told Sky TV after the match. “We weren’t able to play as we expected. 

“We still have the return leg and we must give everything we have. This is the Champions League, where small details can be decisive.

“We really wanted to score a goal here. That would have been very important. Now we must try to win it at home in the return leg.”

Sporting director Matthias Sammer added his own concern at the missed opportunity in Lviv, stressing the precarious nature of needing to win the home leg at Allianz Arena on March 11.

“The result is quite dangerous,” he admitted. “A goalless draw is always a problem.

“Actually it sounds good, but it isn’t easy.

“We were far from our best and we have to improve in the coming weeks.”

Bayern return to action on Saturday when they travel to Paderborn in the Bundesliga.