Thomas Müller was in confident mood after FC Bayern München drew 2-2 with Juventus in the sides' UEFA Champions League Last-16 first leg, despite the Bundesliga champions throwing away a two-goal lead in the second period.
In an interview after the game, the FIFA World Cup winner spoke of an "encouraging night" for the Bundesliga leaders, despite strikes from Paulo Dybala and Stefan Sturaro leaving the tie on a knife-edge ahead of the return at the Allianz Arena on March 16.
Question: Thomas Müller, how do you feel about the draw?
Thomas Müller: We shouldn't have thrown away a two-goal lead. If we look at the result, though, and especially how we played, then it turned out to be an encouraging night for us. Anything is possible in the Champions League. It'll be a tough second leg in Munich, but we're confident.
Question: How do you rate your chances of reaching the quarter-finals?
Müller: We like playing at home and even a 0-0 draw would take us through. We're in a decent position. That said, we're not a side to play for a draw.
Question: You missed a real sitter early on. That rarely happens to you…
Müller: It was an awkward situation. I was actually convinced we would score! [Lewandowski's] ball went across the face of goal and I was obviously trying to put it in the back of the net, but somehow failed to control it. I don't think I could've done much better in that situation. But I didn't waste much time dwelling over it.
Question: That much was clear when you broke the deadlock later on…
Müller: I had to score from that! You don't get many chances in the area against Juve.
Question: What did you make of the reunion with former team-mate Mario Mandzukic?
Müller: We played together for a long time and had some great experiences together. We got on well, he's a good guy. He's pretty tough to play against, though.
Question: Does it help knowing that Juventus will have to score in the second leg?
Müller: That's hard to tell. I don't think they'll change their style of play much. They like parking the bus.
Question: Arjen Robben thanked Pep Guardiola after finding the net. How important was it for him to score?
Müller: It was a crucial goal. Arjen has been in great form lately, despite not scoring. He had a great game, and really gave their defence a tough time of it. It's great for him to find the net again.
Alexander Barklage reporting from Turin