Bayern told to build on Barcelona thrashing

15 August 2020 19:32:35 GMTPlus10

Thomas Muller says Bayern Munich must not get ahead of themselves after their 8-2 humiliation of Barcelona in Friday's quarter-final.

Muller scored twice and was named man of the match as the German champions ran riot at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon.

Ivan Perisic, Serge Gnabry, Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich and a double from Barcelona loanee Philippe Coutinho completed a memorable night for Bayern, who became the first side in history to score eight goals in a Champions League knockout game.

Bayern will now face either Manchester City, coached by their former boss Pep Guardiola, or Lyon in the semi-finals on Wednesday.

Munich's demolition of Barca evoked memories of Germany's 7-1 drubbing of Brazil in the 2014 Fifa World Cup semi-final - a match in which Muller also scored the opening goal.

Although, when asked to compare the two, Muller said that while Germany were "good" that night, Bayern were "brutal" against Barca.

However, the 30-year-old insisted that while Bayern made a "big statement", it will count for nothing if they do not go on and win the trophy.

"We feel good after this match, it was very special,” Muller told BT Sport. "This tournament is special, it is a big statement but the next game in the semi-final starts at 0-0, the statement doesn’t matter.

"I know the other teams watched our game and they can be impressed or not. It starts from 0-0 and we have to win the next game to reach our goal of playing in the final.

"We are not here the quarter-final or semi-final, we are here to win the final."

Bayern are an 1.53 chance to win the Champions League title on Sunday 23rd August.

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