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Julian Nagelsmann – ‘It will not happen again’

Julian Nagelsmann has promised that Bayern Munich “will not play badly against the same opponent twice” ahead of his Champions League clash with Villarreal.

Bayern welcome Villarreal to the Allianz Arena trailing 1-0 from last week’s first leg.

The Bundesliga leaders are looking to avoid being eliminated in the quarter-finals in consecutive seasons.

Before the last term, they lost to Paris Saint-Germain in the previous eight.

In the competition, Bayern had only been eliminated in one of their previous nine quarter-final ties against Real Madrid in 2016-17.

After the first leg, Villarreal coach Unai Emery said that he regretted his side not being able to make the most of further opportunities to extend their advantage.

It was the first time Bayern had failed to score in a Champions League since Liverpool in February 2019.

And Nagelsmann insisted the poor display would not be replicated on Tuesday.

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Julian Nagelsmann told a news conference:

“We played a bad game, and they played their best game.

“This will not happen again, to play poorly against the same opponent twice.

“We delivered in the past, and it should be like that. We have to. And we must. We want to.

“It is normal when you win so many titles and have such success for so many years that you sometimes need this pressure to get the maximum out.

“Maybe it will be a sparkling game from our side. But, we must turn up our whole intensity level.

“And we did not take the last steps, the last metres in the first leg. So we have to play more uncomfortable football.”

Bayern finished the first leg with a higher expected goal (xG) of 1.6 than Villarreal’s 1.5.

Nagelsmann added: “We made many mistakes. But, unfortunately, they made one keep us alive. Of course, they have scored more goals, but we are still alive, and we should show it on the pitch.”

Bayern aims to progress from a Champions League knockout tie after losing the first leg for the first time since the 2014-15 quarter-finals. While the defeat was their 20th against a Spanish team in a European competition, they’re most against sides from a specific nation.

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