'The journey isn't over'
He had announced it, and it happened. “I slept well last night,” said Thomas Müller the day after the 4-2 win against Werder Bremen, in which the forward scored a brace. He could really savour the evening after the match. “It’s always nice to win and score goals. Then everything seems good in the evening.”
In fact the Bavarian enjoyed a Sunday to remember. The 2014 World Cup winner provided two goals and one assist, and in scoring Bayern’s first and fourth goal he reached the 100 mark for his career. All in the Bundesliga, all for FC Bayern. “It’s just brilliant, an impressive record,” said a delighted sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic about the 28-year-old, “He’s a great lad. We all know what we have in Thomas. It’s great that he’s here”.
Prior to the game the milestone was “not at all in my mind,” said Müller after the final whistle. Appropriately he doesn’t want to attribute too great a significance to this landmark. “I’ve reached a new stage. But the journey isn’t over.” Müller currently sits fifth in Bayern's all-time scoring chart, only Gerd Müller (365 goals), Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (162), Roland Wohlfahrt (119) and Dieter Hoeneß (102) are ahead of him. “I want to score more goals this season and in the future. The show must go on.”
Lewandowski’s “unbelievable class”
Robert Lewandowski also delivered an excellent performance. The Pole netted a brace of his own and is now the most successful non-German goalscorer in FC Bayern’s Bundesliga history. “I’m really happy to be number one,” said Lewandowski. “But I know I can improve on this number and score more goals. That is my aim.”
For the Pole, even more important than scoring goals is being able to play without discomfort. “At the moment I ’m happy above all because I’m fit again and don’t have any pain. That’s very important for me,” added the striker. “Lewa has been battered around a bit,” said Salihamidzic thinking back to the Pole’s difficult winter break, “to score twice in such a tough game is something special. He has unbelievable class and is so calm in front of goal”
Other team members also praised the goalscoring duo. “Thomas always moves well into space which the opponents don’t expect. It’s so difficult to mark a player like him,” said Niklas Süle from experience. “And when in form, Lewy is one of the best, if not the best, because he’s got everything: finishing ability, a good head, two-footed. It’s unbelievably tough to play against him. We’re really happy they’ve both scored twice.”