Olympiacos 0-3 Bayern Munich: Muller bags brace in second half rout

The Bundesliga champions sealed a routine three points over their Greek opponents with three goals following the half-time break through Muller, two, and Gotze


Bayern Munich scored three goals without reply to record an emphatic victory over Olympiacos but were forced to wait until the second period to make their mark

Robert Lewandowski saw his back-post header cleared off the line by Arthur Masuaka as he was left unmarked from a set-piece.

Bayern picked up their tenacity prior to the half-time interval and that continued following the break, as Thomas Muller put the Bundesliga champions ahead after a fluke cross-shot found the Greek outfit’s top corner.

Brown Ideye had the hosts’ best – of limited – opportunities, as the Nigeria international tested Manuel Neuer with a powerful drive from outside the area but was unable to find an equaliser.Mario Gotze sealed the win two minutes to play as he collected a pass inside the area before showing composure to find the bottom corner. 

Second half substitute Kingsley Coman was then brought down in the box in injury time and Muller stepped up to score his second of the evening from 12-years.

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Manchester United a 'perfect fit' – Schweinsteiger

The World Cup winning midfielder says a move to Old Trafford was exactly what he needed but admits he owes the Bayern Munich fans a proper goodbye

Manchester United

midfielder

Bastian Schweinsteiger

has described the Old Trafford club as a “perfect fit” following his move from

Bayern Munich

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The Germany midfielder has experienced a mixed start to his Old Trafford career, starting in the disappointing 2-1 Champions League defeat to PSV on Tuesday, but also featuring in the Premier League win over Liverpool on Saturday.

Schweinsteiger, a legend at the Munich club, says he moved to Manchester ahead of the 2015/16 season, seeking a new challenge and a new footballing culture. 

“I felt within myself that I needed to change what I was doing,” the 31-year-old told 

Die Zeit

.  “I needed a new stimuli.

“So the interest from Manchester United was a perfect fit.”    

Born in Bavaria, Schweinsteiger holds a personal affinity with Bayern, and says he still owes the fans a proper farewell.

“I would like to say goodbye properly,” the Germany midfielder continued.

“There was the season’s opening ceremony at the stadium, but I didn’t want to stand there in the Bayern jersey, waving to the fans, then a few hours later say: ‘That was nice, but I’m off to England.’

“Because I have a good relationship with the Bayern fans, that’s why I left it the way I did.” 

However, Schweinsteiger also left to door open to a possible return to Bavaria, whether as a player, coach or fan.

“But perhaps a day will come when I’ll return to the stadium,” he concluded. 

Premier League money can't buy Ronaldo, Messi or Muller – Beckenbauer

Bayern Munich’s honorary president insists Europe’s top players will still play outside of England, despite the extraordinary money on offer in the Premier League


The Premier League’s vast riches still aren’t enough to buy the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi or Thomas Muller, according to Franz Beckenbauer.

The English top flight sold its TV rights for over £5 billion earlier this year in a record deal – an increase of around 70 per cent from the previous agreement.

But Beckenbauer is confident the game’s best players will continue to ply their trade outside of England, regardless of the cash on offer.

“Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller – of the best players in the world, the English clubs did not get any.

“We still have great footballers in Germany.”

Bayern’s honorary president added his happiness with the Bavarians’ current squad and hopes coach Pep Guardiola will sign a new contract.

“What makes me so positive about Bayern is that the squad is more variable than they were last season.

“Guardiola has not yet made a decision on his future, but I hope that he will stay longer.

“Borussia Dortmund have returned to their fast-paced style of play – as they were in the years they won the league.

“This Dortmund team has the potential to challenge Bayern for the title until the end of the season.”

'Beating Olympiacos the first step to Champions League triumph' – Guardiola

The Spaniard believes three opening points in Piraeus will set die Roten on the right path for the rest of the competition, though he stopped short of saying they would win it

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola believes securing an opening win in the Champions League against Olympiacos on Wednesday will be crucial as his side target elusive European success this season.

Die Roten kick off their Group F campaign in Piraeus having been frustrated at the semi-final hurdle in each of their past two seasons under Guardiola, despite the Spaniard being hired in 2013 to lead them to success in the competition.

And though he remains uncertain as to whether the Bavarians will be able to win the competition this term, the Spaniard is adamant they must get their season off to the right start with a win against Greek champions Olympiacos.

“Olympiacos are strong. The atmosphere at the stadium is magnificent, and so is the quality of the players,” Guardiola told reporters at the pre-match press conference. 

“It’s the Champions League, and all the teams are good. A win here would be a first step. This year we will try it again.

“But whether we win or not? I do not know.”

Club CEO Karl-Heinz Rumenigge likewise spoke of the importance of a strong start, insisting the team take it a step at a time and warning against complacency at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium.

“We have to concentrate and take it seriously. I’m not thinking about the final. We’d do well to take it step by step and make sure we qualify for the round of 16,” he stated.

“It’s vital we don’t underestimate them [Olympiacos]. A few big teams have patently done that in the past and been on the end of upsets here.”

The German champions arrive in the fixture on the back of four consecutive wins in the Bundesliga.

Lewandowski: Bayern will shrug off injury woes

The Bavarian giants will be without such stars as Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery when they face Olympiacos, but the Poland international is confident of victory


Robert Lewandowski is expecting Bayern Munich to shrug off their injury worries and open their Champions League campaign with a win at Olympiacos on Wednesday.

Bayern will be without Arjen Robben, Medhi Benatia, Holger Badstuber, Jan Kirchhoff and Franck Ribery but Lewandowski remains confident that Pep Guardiola’s men will be too strong for their Greek hosts.

He said at Tuesday’s pre-match press conference: “It won’t be easy but we always play to win, whoever we are up against. The main thing is for us to start with victory on Wednesday and take it from there. We have a few injuries but we remain a formidable side nonetheless.”

Lewandowski is aware of the atmosphere that will await the Bundesliga champions at the Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis.

He added: “The fans are very passionate here. I can’t wait for the match. The atmosphere is a factor, but we have to remain focused and get the result we want. It won’t be easy.”

Bayern captain Philipp Lahm has also stressed the importance of a strong start in Group F, which is made up of Arsenal and Dinamo Zagreb.

The 31-year-old said: “We are very much looking forward to it and want the first three points. With their fans supporting them they will give everything they can, so it will be dangerous for us. We have to be focused from the beginning, then it can only be a win for us. I know Olympiacos are very strong at home, but it’s important to start with a victory – we are 100 per cent ready.

“We know how difficult it will be. But it is possible. The team has the quality for it.”