All-star attack & captain's return: Facts on quarter-final place
There they were again, the chants, the reward for an outstanding performance during the 90 minutes. "Super Bayern, Super Bayern, hey, hey" rang through the Allianz Arena after 87 minutes and Leroy Sané's final goal. The fans, finally they were back! The majority of the 25,000 spectators celebrated with coach Julian Nagelsmann's players after the 7-1 home win against FC Salzburg in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg. We give you 5 reasons why:
1. Record quarter-finalists
FC Bayern have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the 20th time, and no other club in the European top flight has made it to the last eight as many times. FC Barcelona follows in second place with 18 appearances. Munich have also won 12 of their last 13 UCL home games, and no club has celebrated more home victories in the competition since the start of the 2019/20 season.
2. The captain is back
Since his knee surgery on February 6, the Germany captain missed five competitive games in a row, including the first leg in Salzburg (1-1) - now Manuel Neuer is back! The 35-year-old made his 104th UCL appearance for FCB against the Austrians, which means he is now Munich's sole record goalkeeper in the competition ahead of CEO Oliver Kahn (103). Only Philipp Lahm (105) and Thomas Müller (132) have played more European games for the German record champions. "That was a mark and a statement," said the captain after the game.
3. Phenomen Müller
He scores in the league, he scores for the national side and he scores in the Champions League - hats off, Thomas Müller! The 32-year old bagged a brace against Salzburg, doubling his tally to four in this season's Champions League. His neat summary after the game: "It just worked out for us today."
4. Sané on course for record
One player who once again stood out from the fantastic Munich ensemble was Leroy Sané. The goal to make the final score 7-1 and two sparkling assists to both of Müller's goals showed the excellent work the 26-year-old did. That takes the speedster to six goals and six assists this UCL season - no player in the current campaign has more assists. He is also the first German player since the start of detailed data collection (2003/2004) to manage at least five goals and five assists in a UCL season.
5. Coman still in UCL mode
Together with Serge Gnabry, who now has 3 UCL goals after his goal to make it 4-0, Kingsley Coman completed FCB's world-class attacking display. After his last-minute goal in the first leg, the King also set up Gnabry's goal and thus has three assists this UCL campaign. In each of his last five games in Europe's premier club competition, the French winger has been directly involved in at least one goal (2 goals, 3 assists).
And number 6 of course, Robert Lewandowski! Read about his outstanding night: