Klinsmann: The team earned it
Bayern Munich coach Jurgen Klinsmann was pleased to take three points from Romania on his UEFA Champions League debut as a Daniel Van Buyten header inflicted a 1-0 defeat on Steaua Bucharest. The result puts Bayern on top of Group F.
Former Germany coach Klinsmann took over Bayern's helm on 1 July, and was pleased his side got off to a winning start as they bid to win the European title for the first time since 2001. "It is always important to start with three points and the team earned it," said Klinsmann.
Van Buyten rose above the Steaua defence on 15 minutes to head a free-kick from Bastian Schweinsteiger into the home side's net and his goal was enough to seal the win. Bayern striker Luca Toni wasted a number of chances in the first half to increase the lead as the German giants sat back after the break and defended their advantage.
"We knew it would be anything but easy to win here," added Klinsmann. "In the first-half, we controlled the game and we could have been 2-0 up at half-time. After the break we played a little bit too defensively, and we fell back a little bit too far."
With the home side hitting the post twice, Steaua coach Marius Lacatus was disappointed his team failed to break Bayern's defence. "I am sad a little bit," he said. "We had hoped to counter-attack, but we did not manage this. After conceding the early goal, we had to be more aggressive and again it was something we didn't manage to do. In addition, we were unlucky not to take our chances.
"Bayern are a strong opponent with good players and we could not always stop them."