Created on 18-03-2012 at 00:00 AM
Pressure, power and pace: according to Thomas Müller, those were the key factors behind Bayern's third gala display in the space of seven days. After beating Hoffenheim 7-1 in the Bundesliga and Basel 7-0 in the Champions League, Munich again scored at will in demolishing Hertha Berlin 6-0. “We started brilliantly and scored three early goals, which settled us down," commented Jerome Boateng.
The centre back thus acknowledged the vital importance of gaining the upper hand as early as possible. The first goal against Hoffenheim came after five minutes, and the opener against Basel after ten. On Saturday evening, the visitors scored their first with nine minutes on the Berlin Olympic Stadium clock, before Arjen Robben struck on 12 minutes and 19 minutes from the spot to silence the home majority in the 74,240 sell-out crowd. “That was an extremely impressive performance right from the start. We played outstanding football despite the difficult surface," reasoned director of sport Christian Nerlinger.