The forward credited his team’s inability to get fatigued as part of how they reached the DFB-Pokal semi-finals, though admits they had some luck too
Thomas Muller believes fatigue is entirely in a person’s head and Bayern Munich’s power to get over was key in them defeating Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday.
The forward was one of the Bavarians’ clinical penalty takers in the DFB-Pokal quarter-final at BayArena, with all five players converting for Pep Guardiola after a 0-0 result following extra-time.
Muller admitted Bayern – who won the competition in each of the last two seasons – had fortune on their side but were aided by being indefatigable.
“When it is about penalties, it is a mixtures of luck and also practice,” Muller told ARD . “A big part of it is luck.
“We sometimes take penalties after training, but I don’t think all the players who shot today do that.
“Being tired is only something in your head. Of course you don’t always feel that fresh, but you have to keep going. We wanted to play and we wanted to win.
“It was a very tight match. I counted a few more chances for us, but Leverkusen were dangerous too. But I think no team could have scored a goal today from open play.”
Bayern were drawn at home against Borussia Dortmund in the last four in a repeat of last year’s final, while third-tier surprise package Arminia Bielefeld will host Bundesliga side Wolfburg.