Thomas Müller is one participant who can speak with authority about two of soccer’s most stunning outcomes in latest historical past.
He was there when Germany surprised Brazil 7-1 in the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup, and he was there once more on Friday when Bayern Munich routed Barcelona 8-2 in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
Not solely that, he additionally performed a key function in each outcomes by opening the scoring early in each matches.
Müller’s 11th-minute purpose put Germany en path to the thrashing of Brazil six years in the past on the Mineirão Stadium, and his fourth-minute strike on Friday put Bayern on its technique to the gorgeous win over Barcelona on the Stadium of Light. He additionally scored in the 31st minute in the Champions League quarterfinal.
The victory in Brazil led Germany to the World Cup last and the world title in opposition to Lionel Messi’s Argentina. The win in opposition to Messi’s Barcelona put Bayern in the Champions League semifinal in opposition to both Manchester City or Lyon, which play later Saturday.
The efficiency in opposition to Barcelona impressed Müller probably the most.
“In the win in Brazil, we didn’t have the same amount of control. Yes, we were good, but tonight (Friday) the way we dominated the game was ruthless,” Müller stated. “It was a particular night time. We needed to overwhelm them from the beginning, identical to we’ve been doing in latest months.
“Obviously you may by no means shut off in opposition to a staff like Barça, however we had been dominant,” the 30-year-old Müller stated. “Especially off the ball. It’s a big statement, but it’s the way we played as a team that really makes me happy.”
Müller wasn’t the one one current in each historic video games. Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and defender Jérôme Boateng additionally had been in the Germany staff in opposition to Brazil, and Bayern coach Hansi Flick was an assistant to Joachim Löw in the 2014 World Cup.
“We were relentless,” Neuer stated. “We continued to attack. Obviously Barcelona are strong in attack and can score goals, but we kept going and didn’t let up. We wanted to score goals, and succeeded.”
Both Brazil and Barcelona had been completely overwhelmed early on. Brazil was dropping 5-Zero by the 29th minute in the town of Belo Horizonte, whereas the Catalan membership was dropping 4-1 by the 31st in Lisbon. None had solutions for the excessive stress and excessive depth introduced on by their German opponents.
Messi was overlaying his face in despair early in the primary half in Lisbon because it turned clear that Barcelona’s ball-possession fashion had no likelihood in opposition to Bayern’s extra vertical and aggressive strategy.
“The way they maintained such a high intensity over 90 minutes was sensational,” Flick stated. “That’s our mentality, it’s what we’re all about. We knew we’d force the errors if we put them under pressure. We wanted to exploit that, and it couldn’t have worked out better.”
Barcelona and Brazil made uncharacteristic defensive errors below stress and each regarded surprised by the apparent superiority of their rivals. Brazil regarded accomplished after taking place 5-0, as did Barcelona after falling behind 4-1, with the gamers’ attitudes on the sphere indicating they’d given up. Germany’s final two objectives in opposition to Brazil got here from the 69th onward, whereas Bayern closed its scoring with 4 objectives from the 63rd onward.
“We had so much fun out there,” Müller stated. “Barcelona have special players and we had to be even more aggressive, come back again and again.”
The disastrous loss to Germany value the job of Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari on the time, and the identical is predicted to occur to Barcelona coach Quique Setién. The 8-2 drubbing can be more likely to pressure a change in period on the Catalan membership, which had already struggled this season with veterans reminiscent of Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, Luis Suárez and Gerard Piqué.
“This in the present day is unacceptable,” Piqué stated.