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Julian Nagelsmann ranks Champions League exit among his worst ever defeats

Krishan Davis
Bayern suffered a huge exit in the Champions League
Bayern suffered a huge exit in the Champions League / CHRISTOF STACHE/GettyImages
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Julian Nagelsmann has admitted his first season as Bayern Munich head coach has not been a success after his side were dumped out of the Champions League by Villarreal on Tuesday night.

Bayern had been widely expected to progress to the semi-finals despite losing 1-0 in the first leg in Spain last week.

Die Roten led in the second leg through a fine Robert Lewandowski finish but were knocked out in hugely dramatic circumstances when Samuel Chukwueze netted a late equaliser at the Allianz Arena, securing a 2-1 aggregate victory for Villarreal.

Speaking after the match, Nagelsmann admitted the result ranked among the worst defeats of his budding career to date and that his tenure at Bayern had so far not yielded sufficient results.

The Bavarian giants are well on course for a tenth Bundesliga title in a row, currently nine points clear at the top of the table, but exited the DFB-Pokal back in October.

“We are out of the German Cup, out of the Champions League," he said. "I don't think this is good enough for Bayern. We had the semi-finals as our minimum goal and we failed to achieve it. It counts as one of my top three defeats.

“What happened is we lost the duel. With our performance today you saw the emotions and the good tactics we played. It was quite the opposite from the first leg.

“We knew they can defend. At the end we missed that second goal. The pressure was good. We defended well. We dominated them for much of the game but it matters little because we are eliminated.”

Villarreal will face either Liverpool or Benfica in the Champions League semi-finals, with the Reds holding a 3-1 aggregate lead going into their second leg at Anfield on Wednesday.

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