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‘Things are going well’

Müller & Lewandowski: Bayern’s goal guarantee

One is reserved, smooth and well-trained. The other is extroverted, unpredictable and quick. Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller are among the best attacking footballers in the world. They are outstanding athletes, in sporting terms and as characters. But they are different, and this is perhaps why they are a perfect match on the pitch: they have scored nine of Bayern’s 12 goals in this Bundesliga season so far. Müller has six goals already, and Lewandowski netted three times. In last season’s Champions League they were the best Bayern goal-getters: Müller with seven, Lewandowski with six.

“It’s easier with Thomas because he runs so much,” commented the Poland skipper, who came to Munich from Dortmund in 2014. “It works at the moment. We know now what the other is doing.” Müller too enjoys playing together with a top international striker like Lewandowski. “Things are going well, we hope it continues along those lines.”

‘Played his way to the top’

Hopefully it will work well tonight too, in the Champions League opener away to Piraeus (20.45 CET, free Web Radio in English; highlights at midnight). “It will be crucial that our attack works well,” stressed Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: “if we want to win we have to score a goal or two.”

Müller is “very relaxed” before FC Bayern’s first match in Greece in a European competition for 35 years. “We approach this game with lots of confidence. We’re focused and know what’s at stake.” Of course the Germany international wants to show his top domestic form can be carried over to the Champions League as well. “Thomas has come on well, especially in recent months,” Rummenigge noted approvingly. “He’s played his way to the top.” Which is also true of Robert Lewandowski.