Bayern Munich thrashed RB Salzburg 7-1 to secure a spot in the UEFA Champions League Last 8. Bayern were phenomenal in the match and their Bundesliga fellow competitors were no match for their level of play. RB Salzburg are now out of the UCL this season, having lost on aggregate. The 7-1 result propelled Bayern to an 8-2 aggregate against RB Salzburg.
A Quintuple Deal
Bayern’s goals were something to watch. I mean, Tuesday’s game was almost a sweet ballad of goals, celebrations, more goals, celebrations and it was like the Berlin Wall coming down all over again. The club’s captain Manuel Neuer who is also their goalkeeper was elated as he was mostly seeing no action during the game.
Lewandowski Scores a Hat Trick as Muller Bags a Brace
The scoresheet also read like a Balon d’Or finalist list with Robert Lewandowski scoring a hat trick including 2 penalties, Thomas Muller with a brace, and Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane scoring a goal each. Robert Lewandowski was particularly excellent in his chance creation and conversions. He played so flawlessly as did Thomas Muller who always seems to be at the right place at the right time. Lewandowski’s hat trick was the fastest in Champions League history as he scored two penalties at the 12 and 21st minute, topping them up with another goal in the 23rd minute.
Lewandowski: From Losses in BVB to Untold Victories in Bayern Munich
Lewandowski previously played for Borussia Dortmund and I remember watching him so disappointed after they lost a match to Bayern Munich. However, he shifted aides and joined the winning team and that was one of the best decisions he could’ve ever made. He is now one of the leading goal scorers in both the UEFA Champions League and Bundesliga. His story is a tell-tale of the reality that sometimes, a good player can become phenomenal if placed in the right team. The same can be seen in Cristiano Ronaldo and his recent move back to Man United.
Can a Team be Right for a Player?: The Example of Cristiano Ronaldo
CR7 was good in United in the early days but far much better in Real Madrid. Real was the right team for him and that’s the reason why his stint in Juventus didn’t go as magically as expected. Sometimes, a team is right for the player and the player is not always right for any team.
Thomas Muller: A Legend
Thomas Muller is a legend in his own right. His success both in German and European football is unmatched. He remains a formidable force in both the UCL and Bundesliga and continues to play a critical role even in the German national team. He is the glue that holds Bayern and the German team together and is a player that cannot be replaced. We salute Thomas Muller and our hats go off for him and the legend he is.