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FCB stars praise ‘incredible’ home fans

The epic match was over, but Thomas Müller had one more duty to fulfil. The home faithful chose him to lead the collective celebrations after the 6-1 gala thrashing of Porto, so Germany’s top scorer in the Champions League with 27 goals clambered onto the catch fencing, seized a megaphone and introduced the traditional victory chant, Humba Täterä!

“I had a few problems with the device,” Müller later grinned, “I’d definitely have done better with my voice alone than with the megaphone.” But the striker accomplished the task and a fully deserved party began.

‘Never give up’

The fans were identified for special praise by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “They were incredibly good,” the chairman said, “they gave it everything and drove the team on.” The south terrace loyalists pulled off a masterstroke even before kick-off, as Manuel Neuer noted: “The crowd mosaic showing 'niemals aufgeben' (Never Give Up) was a perfect fit to the match.”

Jérôme Boateng saluted the fans’ contribution to the ultimately emphatic victory over FC Porto. “The crowd urged us to get forward and it was a great help,” said the most prolific defender of the current Champions League season: Jerome has three goals and as many assists so far. And who knows: perhaps the FCB fans will cheer their heroes all the way to Berlin.