Muller: Porto? It could've been worse

The Bayern Munich forward was pleased with his side’s Champions League quarter-final draw, but team-mate Manuel Neuer is expecting a real test for the German champions

Thomas Muller says it “could have been worse” for Bayern Munich after Friday’s Champions League quarter-final draw saw his side paired with Porto.

The Bavarians, who eliminated Shakhtar Donetsk to book their place in the last eight, avoided the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Italian champions Juventus.

Bayern overcame Porto in the 1990/91 and 1999/2000 quarter-finals, but went down 2-1 to the Portuguese club in the 1987 European Cup final.

“We are satisfied with the draw,” said Muller. “It could have been worse. But we need to pay attention.”

Porto are the only unbeaten side remaining in the competition, however, and Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is expecting a real test when they visit the Dragao.

“The atmosphere in Porto is very heated,” said Neuer. 

“I witnessed the Porto fans during the 2004 Champions League final against Monaco. The atmosphere was amazing. 

“With these fans it won’t be easy for us, but we have played in many different stadiums with varying atmospheres and we will know what to expect.”

Bayern coach Pep Guardiola added: “The draw is the draw. All teams have a special quality. 

“Porto and Shakhtar were in the same group, so we have already watched a few of their matches. Porto have a great team and a beautiful stadium. 

“They are very strong physically and attack with a lot of pace, but in the quarter-finals you can’t expect an easy match.”

The first leg will take place in Porto on April 15, with the return clash to take place at the Allianz Arena six days later.

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