If there is any player who is not fazed by the big stage, it is Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller. After almost a year of playing in front of empty stands, however, even the unflappable Müller had some trouble adjusting to the atmosphere in Qatar for his team’s FIFA Club World Cup victory over Al Ahly.
“It was a strange situation in front of an audience. It’s a little different from what we’ve been used to in the past few months,” Müller said (as captured by Tz). “But we achieved our goal and made it to the final of the Club World Cup. Now we want to get the thing too.”
When asked about how he felt with fans attending the game, Müller, as always, cracked a bit of a joke.
“Well, they were only fans of Al Ahly, but it was all very friendly,” Müller remarked. “We are glad we did the job.”
While the crowd might have been cause for Müller to adjust some things, the veteran refused to blame the squad’s travel issues for the lack of precision during the victory.
“You can always find reasons. We missed making it 2-0 early,” Müller said. “Al Ahly has pressed us in the meantime. But then we had Leroy’s play and Lewy’s goal — that’s how we imagined it.”