Pep Guardiola hailed Manchester United as “one of the best teams in the world” after watching his all-conquering Bayern Munich side struggle to break down the Premier League champion at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
The reigning European champion went into the tie as an overwhelming favorite, yet found itself behind when Nemanja Vidic headed the hosts into a 58th-minute lead.
United’s advantage lasted a mere nine minutes before Bastian Schweinsteiger leveled with a crisp half-volley, although his night ended in disappointment when he picked up a second yellow card for a trip on Wayne Rooney.
Guardiola in his post-match interviews said he was happy with the 1-1 draw.
He told Sky: “I am pretty satisfied. Man United is one of the best teams in the world. We have scored an away goal which is important, but we also got lucky that the efforts from (Danny) Welbeck and Rooney didn't go in. The goal we conceded was difficult to defend. It's never easy to play against a team which defends so deeply. We will see if we can find some solutions for the match in Munich.
"It's always dangerous when you go into the second leg with a 1-1 draw, but even a 2-1 victory would have been dangerous for us. We will try to win the second leg and I am sure we can do it. I have full confidence in my players and hope the fans in Munich will push us like the United supporters did for their team today.”
Bayern enjoyed 70 percent possession but struggled to find a way past an organized United defense.
Midfielder Toni Kroos said: “It was a difficult match. We dominated the whole time, as expected, but United fought very well. They defended with almost everybody and conceded very few chances. Nevertheless they were sometimes dangerous on the break. We knew that they would play like this.
“We deserved the equalizer. We tried everything but we could not create as many chances as we are used to. The result is OK, we still have all the options for the second leg. It was disrespectful to talk about a walkover beforehand, it is still a Champions League quarterfinal.”