Fiorentina 1-1 Bayern Munich

Klinsi says Bayern deserved point in Florence

November 6, 2008

Bayern Munich boss Jurgen Klinsmann felt his side were well worth the point they earned from their 1-1 draw with Fiorentina in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Top scorer Tim Borowski was again the saviour for Bayern in Italy as he cancelled out Adrian Mutu's goal.

The draw gave the Bundesliga side a five-point cushion over their opponents, who lie third in Group F, with two pool games remaining.

"We expected a Fiorentina side which put us under a lot of pressure and we generally managed to neutralise their game," Klinsmann said. "We did not look bad in the first half. At half-time, we said we had to move up a gear and that we had to look more insistently for the goal.

"In the second half, you felt it was only a matter of time before we put one in. We controlled the game and moved the ball around well."

With Lyon beating Steaua Bucharest in the other game in the group, Bayern relinquished top spot to the French champions, whom they face in the final group fixture.

And Klinsmann's side need only a point against Steaua in their next game to qualify for the last 16.

"We came to Florence wanting to get into a good position and that is what we have achieved," said general manager Uli Hoeness.

"A win would have given us complete security, but we only need one point from the last two games.

"We have reached the objective we set ourselves in Florence."

Fiorentina coach Cesare Prandelli has not given up hope his team can qualify for the knockout stage despite sitting five points behind Lyon and Bayern.

"We still have two games left to play," said Prandelli. "We will try to win both games and then see what happens.

"As long as we show the same spirit and willingness there is not reason why we cannot make it."

The Viola, who returned to Europe's elite competition this season after a nine-year absence, have yet to win in the group with three draws and one defeat so far.

And Prandelli admits his team are still finding their feet in the competition.

"We made certain mistakes but that is partly to do with our lack of inexperience in this competition," said Prandelli.

"We played well against Bayern and we should have killed the game off. Instead, Bayern equalised and that demoralised my team."

Fiorentina host Lyon on November 25 in a must-win game for the Italians before ending their group campaign with a trip to Steaua on December 10.