Winning ugly is the best sign of a champion team, as the famous saying goes, and Bayern Munich showed against Wolfsburg that they can do it when needed.
The record champions showed yet another dizzying dimension to their game on Matchday 23 by coming from behind to beat Wolfsburg 2-1 and extending their lead at the top of the Bundesliga to 21 points, at least for 24 hours.
Müller was afforded the luxury of a place on a bench which, alongside Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich, Robert Lewandowski, David Alaba and Tom Starke boasted 1400 Bundesliga appearances between them, resembling more of a throne with such footballing royalty.
It is hardly surprising, then, that Müller spoke so superlatively about life at Bayern. “In the second half, we showed the will to win, even if things might not be so exciting anymore up there at the top,” Müller said. “It’s fun – this team’s just awesome.”
Bayern were uncharacteristically off colour in the first 45 minutes and Wolfsburg capitalised, with Daniel Didavi heading them in front. The hosts held out for over an hour before Bayern’s awesomeness emerged.
“We didn’t find our rhythm and weren’t so aggressive with the ball either,” explained Müller, who is likely to return to the starting XI when Bayern pick up their UEFA Champions League campaign again with Besiktas visiting the Allianz Arena on Tuesday.
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“We didn’t play badly but we weren’t determined nor direct enough, that’s why we were 1-0 down at half-time. But in the second half we showed a totally different attitude going forward and created a lot of chances.”
It was Bayern’s 13th win in a row – a record winning streak for coach Jupp Heynckes – and while that may be an unlucky number for some, it has Bayern on course to wrap up the title before Easter. Besides, who needs to care about bad luck when you are so awesome?