Thomas Mرller says Bayern Munich should use criticism from their shocking German Cup disaster to help them make it to the knockout stages of the Champions League by beating Benfica on Tuesday.
“When FC Bayern are knocked out of the cup with a 5-0 defeat, it is clear that one or two comments have been made just below the belt,” M مولller said.
The 32-year-old scored on Saturday and made three assists as Byron won 5-2 at Union Berlin and topped the Bundesliga three days after Borussia M 5nchengladbach’s 5-0 cup defeat.
In Europe, Byron are five points clear in Group E and a win over second-placed Benfica will secure a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Bayern suffered a shock headline defeat as a result of a string of negative headlines that Mرller wanted to use as an additional incentive.
“(Criticism) Well with me, we’re not made of egg shells – you have to be able to pick it up sometimes, but we must not forget that we are still out of the cup,” Mرller said.
“We have not just lost a game, but a competition (out) that means a lot to us. We have to deal with it,” he added.
Byron striker Robert Lewandowski, who netted twice in Berlin on Saturday, is set to play in his 100th Champions League.
“We showed from the first minute that we are here to win,” Lewandowski said in Berlin. “Now we can focus on Tuesday.”
The Polish star has already scored five goals in three European games this season.
He netted twice in both a 3-0 win over Barcelona and a 5-0 home defeat to Dynamo Kiev before re-scoring 4-0 against Benfica in Lisbon two weeks ago.
Bayern head coach Julian Nagelsman, who missed out on a victory in Portugal after a positive test for the Cod 19, is expected to return to the bench after spending 14 days alone at home.
Mueller described his incredible Cup performance at Gladbach as the worst in 13 years for Bayern.
But Nagilsman’s assistant, Dino Topmرller, believes M مولller is playing the best football of his career.
The German international has scored six times in 16 appearances for Bayern this season, including 11 assists.
“Thomas is a very important player for us with a lot of experience and in games like this, you need leaders like Thomas,” said Toppmoeller.