Thomas Müller is one participant who can discuss with authority about two of soccer’s most stunning leads to current historical past.
He was there when Germany shocked Brazil 7-1 within the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup, and he was there once more on Friday when Bayern Munich routed Barcelona 8-2 within the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
Not solely that, he additionally performed a key position in each outcomes by opening the scoring early in each matches.
Müller’s 11th-minute aim put Germany en path to the beating of Brazil six years in the past on the Mineirão Stadium, and his fourth-minute strike on Friday put Bayern on its solution to the beautiful win over Barcelona on the Stadium of Gentle. He additionally scored within the 31st minute within 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 within the Champions League semifinal in opposition to both Manchester Metropolis or Lyon, which play later Saturday.
The efficiency in opposition to Barcelona impressed Müller probably the most.
“Within the win in Brazil, we didn’t have the identical quantity of management. Sure, we had been good, however tonight (Friday) the best way we dominated the sport was ruthless,” Müller stated. “It was a particular evening. We wished to overwhelm them from the beginning, identical to we have now been doing in current months.
“Clearly you’ll be able to by no means shut off in opposition to a staff like Barça, however we had been dominant,” the 30-year-old Müller stated. “Particularly off the ball. It’s a giant assertion, however it’s the best way we performed as a staff that actually makes me joyful.”
Müller wasn’t the one one current in each historic video games. Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and defender Jérôme Boateng additionally had been within the Germany staff in opposition to Brazil, and Bayern coach Hansi Flick was an assistant to Joachim Löw within the 2014 World Cup.
“We had been relentless,” Neuer stated. “We continued to assault. Clearly Barcelona are sturdy in assault and might rating targets, however we saved going and didn’t let up. We wished to attain targets, and succeeded.”
Each Brazil and Barcelona had been totally overwhelmed early on. Brazil was shedding 5-Zero by the 29th minute within the metropolis of Belo Horizonte, whereas the Catalan membership was shedding 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 within the first half in Lisbon because it grew to become clear that Barcelona’s ball-possession fashion had no likelihood in opposition to Bayern’s extra vertical and aggressive method.
“The best way they maintained such a excessive depth over 90 minutes was sensational,” Flick stated. “That’s our mentality, it’s what we’re all about. We knew we’d drive the errors if we put them below stress. We wished to take advantage of that, and it couldn’t have labored out higher.”
Barcelona and Brazil made uncharacteristic defensive errors below stress and each appeared shocked by the apparent superiority of their rivals. Brazil appeared completed 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 targets in opposition to Brazil got here from the 69th onward, whereas Bayern closed its scoring with 4 targets from the 63rd onward.
“We had a lot enjoyable on the market,” Müller stated. “Barcelona have particular gamers and we needed to be much more aggressive, come again repeatedly.”
The disastrous loss to Germany value the job of Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari on the time, and the identical is anticipated to occur to Barcelona coach Quique Setién. The 8-2 drubbing can be more likely to drive a change in period on the Catalan membership, which had already struggled this season with veterans equivalent to Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, Luis Suárez and Gerard Piqué.
“This at present is unacceptable,” Piqué stated.
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