Disaster struck for Besiktas after just 16 minutes when Domagoj Vida was sent off bringing down Lewandowski when the Poland striker was through on goal. Both Mueller and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Bayern ran riot in the second half in Germany.
This is Besiktas’ first ever appearance in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League. Both of Thiago and Kimmich figure to see a lot of the ball as they pull the strings for a Bayern team that could see around 70% possession versus Besiktas. I’m very happy that we won so comfortably against such a team. “We will still prepare as normal for the return leg”, the 72-year-old explained. “The Champions League is another competition”.
Bayern Munich’s captain put in a man-of-the-match display with two goals and an assist in the 5-0 Champions League hammering of Besiktas and his wife Lisa, an equestrian athlete, posted an Instagram video which suggests he got some top tips before the game.
“I think we saw two different halves”, Heynckes added. The most in the first half of a Champions League game was also by Bayern – in October 2013 against Viktoria Plzen (21).
Eight minutes after play resumed in the second half, Kingsley Corman scored for Bayern, making the scoreline 2-0.
‘Out of nothing he can score goals, like the first goal or the second one where we were successful with our vertical play.
Referee Ovidiu Hategan dismissed Vida for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity and Besiktas were fortunate their misery was not compounded by James Rodriguez’s subsequent free-kick, which was curled just wide.
“There are only good memories of my time in Madrid, it was three unique years in my career”, he said, as reported by Marca. A one-club player, Mueller’s name rarely pops up for any of the plethora of awards on the football calendar, but he has an uncanny notion of space and is always in the right place. After the red card, we completely lost the control over the game. Unsurprisingly, after the Italian was sacked and previous manager Jupp Heynckes returned to manage the club for his fourth spell, Muller re-found his form.
The strong sense that it’s impossible to know what to expect from Sevilla is enhanced by the fact that they are under new management again after Berizzo, who struggled to get the team playing in a convincing fashion, was controversially fired in December just a month after being diagnosed with cancer.