Muller: Ideal scenario for Bayern
The forward admits his side could not have enjoyed an easier night on Wednesday after scoring seven goals in a Champions League game for the second time this season
Thomas Muller says all Bayern Munich’s wishes came true after their 7-0 Champions League mauling of Shakhtar Donetsk at the Allianz Arena.
A 0-0 draw in the first leg in Ukraine meant the tie was far from over heading into Wednesday’s return game but the third minute sending off of Olexandr Kucher for tripping Mario Gotze inside the penalty area gave Bayern an immediate advantage that they ruthlessly exploited.
Muller duly onverted the resulting penalty before adding a second later on, with Jerome Boateng, Franck Ribery, Holger Badstuber, Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze all adding their names to the scoresheet.
It was the second time Bayern have scored seven goals in a Champions League game this season after they beat Roma 7-1 at the Stadio Olimpico in the group stage and Muller admitted their night couldn’t have gone any better.
“We took the lead after a couple of minutes and they went a man down. If you were going to wish for anything it would be that, but it’s not something we were expecting either,” Muller told the official Bayern website.
“Donetsk were in real trouble after the second and third goals. Their heads went down, which gave us lots of space – and we used it.
“The situation going into the game was definitely more exciting than the match itself. The course of the match was excellent for us.”
Bayern will find out their quarter-final opponents during the draw in Nyon on March 20.
Pep Guardiola’s men resume Bundesliga action on Saturday when they travel to Werder Bremen.