Thomas Muller admitted it felt strange playing the semi-final tie of the FIFA Club World Cup against Al Ahly in front of fans. Bayern Munich have been playing in an empty stadium due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Muller revealed the atmosphere felt different.
“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,” Muller said (h/t 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.”
He was asked how it felt to see fans at the game, and Muller joked: “Well, they were only fans of Al Ahly, but it was all very friendly. We are glad we did the job.”
However, he did admit that Bayern’s travel issues could not be blamed for their lack of precision during the game.
“You can always find reasons. We missed making it 2-0 early,” Muller added. “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.”
Hansi Flick expects better from his side
Bayern boss Flick echoed Muller’s thoughts on the game, and admitted that he wants his side to perform better in the final.
“I’m glad we won the game. We all noticed that the journey wasn’t perfect,” he said.
“In that respect, I am satisfied. But we also know that we have made life difficult for ourselves. I expect that we will do better in the final.”
Flick also commented on the presence of fans in the stadium, and said it was nice to see them. “It’s nice, there was also more of an atmosphere,” he added.
“But you also needed a little more of a voice (to communicate). We all hope that we will soon be able to play in front of fans again in the Bundesliga.”
Bayern will need to be at their best when they take on Mexican side Tigres in the final on February 11.