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We were patient and a bit lucky, says Pep

Munich: Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola displayed signs that he has yet to fully adapt to life at the German champions following Wednesday’s win over Manchester United, complaining of a passive home crowd and the huge expectations placed upon his team.

However, they are not playing with quite the same authority as last season, when they dispatched Juventus 4-0 on aggregate in the Champions League quarter finals and demolished Barcelona 7-0 in the last four under retired coach Jupp Heynckes.

“When you don’t win, people ask why, but this is football. You can’t win all the time but we have won the championship, we are in the Champions League semi-final,” Guardiola told reporters after the 3-1 second leg win at Allianz Arena. “Everything is not enough in this club.”

Guardiola added that the crowd only got behind his team in the last half an hour, when they came from behind for a win that secured a 4-2 aggregate triumph.

“Maybe we have to play better. After Patrice Evra’s goal, people stood up and began making a noise. I hope that in the semi-final they do that, we need the public to support us.

“We need everyone together,” he added. “We cannot get to the final without our fans, we need them, we can’t do this alone. We need our fans and I’m certain they will help us.”

“We were patient and a bit lucky at the end. My players have great heart. This is the best part of the season and we are in an outstanding situation.”

Meanwhile, on-loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is unlikely to play for Atletico Madrid against his parent club Chelsea if the two sides are paired together in Friday’s draw for the semi-finals.

Atletico president Enrique Cerezo confirmed there is a clause in the loan contract that means they would have to pay Chelsea “a lot of money” to field Courtois against the London side.

Cerezo said: “The problem is whether he can play or not if we come up against Chelsea. It could be that he cannot, the contract is the contract. If he is to play we will have to pay a large sum of money.”

Manchester United manager David Moyes blamed poor defending and missed chances for his team’s exit.

“I thought the players did a great job tonight, but the only crime was conceding a goal after we had scored within 30 seconds,” Moyes said. “That was the biggest crime. We had to play against the holders and for long periods we made it difficult for them.” (Agencies)