Bayern Munich made it three wins out of three in the Champions League with their 6-2 win in Austria over RB Salzburg. It was Thomas Muller’s cross that led to Bayern’s second goal of the match which wound up going in the back of the net via a deflection from Salzburg’s Rasmus Kristensen, but that’s not the only contribution Muller provided.
As Sport Bild has highlighted, in the 34th minute, Muller was involved in probably one of the most Thomas Muller moments ever. The incident occurred when Serge Gnabry had played a short cross into Robert Lewandowski in Salzburg’s penalty area. Lewandowski controlled the cross with his chest, took a brief touch with his right foot to set himself up for a volley attempt, but when he swung at the ball, it hit Salzburg’s Ramalho in the arm and his follow through looked to have hit him in the midsection/lower back.
The Brazilian defender let out a huge yell when Lewandowski made contact, which was easily heard given that the match was a Geisterspiele. Per Sport Bild, Muller went over to Ramalho when he was on the ground and said “You look so manly — and then you come across so loud.” Lewandowski also looked a bit bemused at Ramalho’s antics, but Muller is 100% the one who would say something like this!
Instant replays often times have a tendency to show things at a slower speed then live speed, especially when they show an incident like this, but on this occasion, it does sort of look like Ramalho makes a bit of a meal of it. What it actually looked like, was Lewandowski wound up kicking the ball into Ramalho without making any actual contact with his leg or foot, which Muller clearly felt was a bit of play acting, perhaps an attempt to create a strong reaction that could potentially punish Lewandowski.
There could also be some history between Muller and Ramalho given the Brazilian’s time with both Bayer Leverkusen and Mainz 05 between 2015-2017. To be fair, too, Ramalho had a fairly decent outing, but Salzburg just collectively imploded midway through the second half and Bayern really punished them for it. The score line perhaps flattered Bayern just a bit.
Never change, Tommy...never change: