The Bavarians led the defending European champions 1-0 last Wednesday before a pair of Cristiano Ronaldo goals gave the Spaniards a narrow advantage. Müller, though, remains optimistic, as he told bundesliga.com…
Question: Thomas Müller, what emotion do you take with you to Madrid on Tuesday? Do you go there with defiance?
Thomas Müller: No, not defiance. We go to Madrid well aware of the fact that nothing is impossible. We’re annoyed any time we don’t win, but we have our own way of playing. No matter what problems or injuries we have to deal with, we’re always able to put a strong team out there on the pitch.
Question: You said after the first leg against Real that you didn’t need a miracle in the reverse fixture…
Müller: We know how difficult this game can be, but we also know what our chances are. In theory we only need the same result as what we had after the first half in the first leg [Bayern led 1-0 through Arturo Vidal’s header before Ronaldo's brace]. If we beat them 2-1 and then penalties… then we would almost be through. Things can happen so quickly in football. We don’t need a miracle like Barcelona had in their return match against Paris. We will not be inhibited against them.
Question: What is the key winning the match away to Madrid?
Müller: We know we're behind. But it’s not impossible. We need two goals and have 90 minutes for that. If we can do that alone then we can force extra time.
Question: Does it help that a lot of this team were also playing when Bayern were almost knocked out in 2011/12, before coming back and beating Real on penalties?
Müller: No, that’s not important. What is important is that we have a lot of experience in the team, but also the will power and clear minds that we want to achieve a lot. We'll have to be brave on Tuesday and we'll see what happens.
Müller was speaking to Tobias Gonscherowski