Bayern Munich recorded an historic 7-0 victory against Shakthar Donetsk on Wednesday (11/3). They equaled their three-year-old record when Bayern beat Basel with the same result in March 2012. The Bavarian continued their all-conquering campaign for this season’s Champions League with truly defining, character-destroying demolishing of Ukrainian side.
Before the match day came, Bayern warned that Shakthar would be a real test on their way to Berlin. The Bavarians are eager to win back the title they lost to Real Madrid last season. But, the Ukrainian club were nothing more but a sparring partner, especially following the red card of Olexandr Kucherwhich given after just 159 seconds on the pitch, and the penalty and goal which resulted from his foul.
Thomas Muller converted from the spot, and contributed another goal for the Bavarian. Currently the 25-years-old forward has 26 goals in Champions League, as many as his former teammate Mario Gomez. No Germans have scored more goals in the history of the competition.
As Thomas Muller was part of Bayern side who thrashed Donetsk in the second leg of their last-16 tie having been held to a goalless draw in Ukraine, he is so confident about everything that the team has got. As the winner of Champions League in 2013 and finalists twice more in the past five years, Bayern now look set for another attack on the tournament’s crown under Pep Guardiola, and Muller believes they are the team to beat.
“We were strong in the group phase and put down a marker in the last 16 which certainly made all the other teams sit up and take notice,” he told Sport Bild. Furthermore, he proudly stated that Bayern Munich are “the most superior team in the Champions League this season.”
The upcoming quarter-final of Champions League will take place in mid-April and with Guardiola’s team in an almost unbeatable position at the top of the Bundesliga, it is possible they will have wrapped up the title by then and be able to focus on European glory. This is Bayern’s European Cup, and nobody is going to stop them.
The Bavarians will also be signaled by the news that Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery have returned to training that they missed last weekend with a trapped nerve and a strained ankle ligament respectively. It means that the star duo could now be fit for Bayern’s clash with third-placed Borussia Monchengladbach.
Concerning the next matches in upcoming tie, Boateng said, “I don’t care about our opponent in the quarterfinals. We want to reach the final in Berlin.”