Müller: The Champions League victory depends on it
Exclusively Istanbul and Munich – Thomas Müller confidently enters the Champions League duel with Besiktas. At SPORT1, he also talks about the chances of winning the title, favourites and the secret of FC Bayern’s success.
Thomas Müller is confidently entering the Champions League duel at Besiktas Istanbul (from 5.30 p. m. in the LIVETICKER) and after a clear 5-0 win in the first leg of the last 16, FC Bayern will not let anything burn.
In an interview with SPORT1, Müller accordingly looks at the tasks ahead (Part 1 of the interview: Müller on Heynckes, his top form and his future)
At the meeting at a PR meeting of the Gillette brand ambassador, Müller spoke about the reasons for the success in Bavaria, the upcoming championship, the favourites in the royal class and the situation of Manuel Neuer.
SPORT1: Mr. Müller, next Sunday the FC Bayern Bayern can become German Champion. How will you try to finish the season sensibly?
Thomas Müller: It is no longer realistic that we will still be caught up. Accordingly, it is to the team’s credit that we have shown time and again in the last few weeks that we absolutely want to win, for example in Wolfsburg. The team has this absolute spirit and I hope it will bring us a lot more money.
SPORT1: Is this character essential for success?
Müller: Also. He has also been great in the last few years, but unfortunately we didn’t make it back into the Champions League final after 2013. Because it also depends on details you can’t control. That’s why the Champions League is so exciting.
SPORT1: In your opinion, FC Bayern is one of the favourites, but must be a bit lucky?
Müller: Absolutely. Even last year, when there was always a bit of criticism, we played a good quarter-finals. We won 2-1 in Madrid after 90 minutes, then we were one less man in extra time.
SPORT1: How should FC Bayern play after the clear first leg victory in Istanbul?
Müller: We must make it clear from the outset that nothing can be gained against us, so that there is no hope in Besiktas. If we score a goal, the lid’s all on it anyway. That is our goal: to go out bravely, absorb the atmosphere and show that we can exist in a heated atmosphere.
SPORT1: Would there be a wishless after that for the quarter-finals?
Müller: All opponents would be fine. Manchester City and Barcelona are in good shape. You always think that you’ll get the big favourites a little later, but in the end it doesn’t matter.
SPORT1: Does the team need Manuel Neuer in these decisive games in April?
Müller: The question is simply how long it takes Manu to regain his top level. You have to give him the time he needs. You can’t expect him to have the shape of the 2014 World Cup in his first match. Moreover, it makes Sven Ulreich outstanding so far.
SPORT1: A favourite after the preliminary round, Paris Saint-Germain, has already retired. Were you surprised that PSG came out on top against Real?
Müller: Of course, it was not a very important player at PSG. If Neymar had been injured a month earlier, it would have been a little easier for Paris to adjust to it. The game was designed to get the ball to Neymar in the last third. But I also found Real Madrid very strong and ripped off again. In the first leg, Paris should have won, but will return home 3-1.
SPORT1: Do you feel strengthened in your strategy by such a result? There has been massive criticism of FC Bayern, because he doesn’t invest as much as other clubs….
Müller: Paris is criticized for investing so much. Bavaria, because they don’t invest that much. Of course, FC Bayern wants to see how the market is developing and not just do some crazy things. If the FC Bayern realises that it has to improve and spend more money to ensure success, it will do so. If he notices that the previous line is working, we will continue like this.
SPORT1: How big should the planned change in summer be?
Müller: It’s not like you say in June:”The season is over, now we’re changing the team. It is always step by step. We have also now added some young players like Süle, James, Tolisso, Rudy and players like Lahm and Xabi Alonso to our list of retired players. Change is always going on. You have to try to push talent and still keep the competition quality. This is always the balancing act of the decision-makers and the respective trainer to be successful.
Thomas Müller is for the third time the face of the Gillette Uni-Liga and is currently on TV for the current “Ready for every day”campaign.
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