"I had a lot of duels, not just with the one player, and it was very hard because I was alone sometimes, and I didn't have help also and I couldn't do some things". If you're alone against two or three good players, it's hard. It was also a display of muscle-flexing by City, Liverpool and Spurs that will have been noted by the likes of Barcelona and Juventus, the two continental heavyweights most likely to stand in the way of an English triumph in the final in Madrid on June 1.
Despite all the focus on Manchester City chasing a quadruple, Liverpool are still pursuing a Premier League-Champions League double - something not achieved since Manchester United managed it in 2008 - and with Van Dijk in such peerless form, you can not write them off. They know it's a tough place to come.
Centre back Virgil van Dijk, who had missed the first leg last month, killed off any German hopes of a comeback when he rose high to head home in the 69th minute before Mane headed in his second in the 84th. "We are in the fight for first position in the league, but we want to play in the Champions League as well, which is the tournament we want to go far in, we want to give everything in this competition as well".
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"We have good feelings from past year so hopefully we can carry that on and go as far as we can".
And despite the prospect of two titles, Bayern's thoughts are already turning to next season.
The 27-year-old was imperious in defence, too.
More new signings are expected, but the new arrivals will have little time to adjust to get Bayern back to where it wants to be.