Bayern Munich midfielder, Thomas Muller says the Bavarians made a statement in Lisbon with the 8-2 whitewashing of Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
Muller, who scored twice for Bayern Munich on a memorable night was part of the Germany team that defeated host Brazil 7-1 during the 2014 World Cup, which they ended up winning after recording a 1-0 victory in the extra time against Argentina in the final.
The 30-year-old scored the opener in what was one of the most memorable international fixtures of all time. He also scored the fourth at the dearth of the first half.
- Bayern is the first team in Champions League history to score eight goals in a knockout match, and the first in the European Cup since Real Madrid in 1990-91 last 16 against FC Wacker Innsbruck (9-1 win).
- Barcelona had previously not conceded eight goals since losing 8-0 to Sevilla in the Copa del Rey last 16 in 1946.
- Bayern has won their past 19 matches in all competitions, a record run in German top-flight football in all competitions.
- Muller, 30, was also involved in Germany in the 7-1 thrashing of Brazil at the 2014 World Cup. He scored the opener in what was one of the most memorable international fixtures of all time.
Thomas Muller helps Bayern decimate poor Barcelona within 22 minutes
In a game that saw the Bavarians scoring four goals in each half, they showed the potency of their attack against poor Barcelona defense.
All credit to Bayern coach, Hansi Flick for making them look poor as they recorded a humiliating 8-2 Champions League quarter-final victory over the five-times winners.
Comparing the success over Barcelona and the world cup feat, the man of the match said his team didn’t have such control they had on Friday against Brazil.
“In the win in Brazil we didn’t have the same amount of control. Yes, we were good, but tonight the way we dominated the game was brutal.
“Today we have to be very happy. After we wake up and answer the messages on the phone then we have to focus.
“I know about these tournament situations. Most of the time after the big wins it’s difficult.”
Flick is not looking back
Meanwhile, Flick, who was an assistant to head coach Joachim Low in 2014, said he doesn’t look back while doing his job, adding that the present is what matters.
The 55-year-old was appointed permanently in December after the sack of Niko Kovac.
“You know that I do not look back because only the here and now matters.
“Yes, we played an outstanding game and we can be happy but we all know we still have hard work to do if we are to stand in the end where we want to stand.”
Next on Bayern’s schedule is a semi-final clash with either Manchester City or Lyon on Wednesday.