German striker Thomas Müller claims that Bayern Munich need to produce some fireworks if they are to get past Atletico Madrid in the semifinals of the Champions League.
After a 1-0 loss in the first leg, Bayern know that they must not only scored themselves but also prevent Atletico from getting a crucial away goal. Hence, Pep Guardiola is unlikely to set the team in a very offensive manner, as it puts them in danger of being ripped apart on the counter-attack. This has been the problem for Bayern in the last two seasons at this stage of the Champions League.
Müller, though, says that Bayern need to be at their absolute best in order to overcome a very resilient Atletico, who are more likely to be happy sitting and defending their lead. The two teams had little opportunities in the first leg at the Vicente Calderon with Atletico being more defensive than expected. However, they scored with a brilliant solo goal from Saul and it may need a moment of such magic from Bayern in order to unlock their opponents. Müller was reportedly unhappy at being left on the bench for the first leg, but he is set to be recalled for the second leg at the Allianz Arena.
"As a team we need to set off a few fireworks. We're in for a tough challenge, but after all we're Bayern. It's a Champions League home match and I think our record is quite decent in that respect. The confidence has been knocked a bit the last few weeks. We stand together well as a team but it's no longer as easy as it was," said Muller. Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge claimed that the game against Atletico was extremely important for the club and it was a reason behind resting several players during the weekend.