Champions League

Thomas Muller: Player Rating and Performance v Barcelona

The World Cup winner was in scintillating form for Bayern as they reached the semi-final of the Champions League

 
11:00am on Saturday 15th August 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Bayern emphatically progressed to the last four of the Champions League after a 8-2 demolition of Barcelona, with Thomas Muller playing a starring role in the comprehensive victory.

Barca were never allowed to get going, as Bayern took a 4-1 lead before half time, with the Blaugrana toiling in attack and woeful in defence.

What was Muller's overall display like?

📷 Match Snapshot

The 30-year-old naturally complimented the role as Robert Lewandowski as the main striker, and terrorised the fractured Barcelona defence with his movement.

⚽ ⏱️ 4' Just four minutes into proceedings, Muller gave Bayern the lead. After receiving the ball from his Polish team-mate, he sends an awkward, bouncing left-footed strike into the bottom corner, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen apparently caught cold between the sticks.

⚽ ⏱️ 31' After the half-hour mark, he certainly played the centre-forward role, as he expertly held his run in the middle of the box before darting to the front post to turn home after a cross from Joshua Kimmich. Clement Lenglet was simply not a match for his veteran work inside the box.

Not long after, Muller had a cracking opportunity to grab his hat-trick, but failed to get the ball out of his feet and ended up stabbing a strike wide.

Barcelona 2-8 Bayern: Full Player Ratings and Statistics

A ⏱️ 85'' Five minuted before time, he helped heaped further misery on Barca by assisting the seventh goal with a pass to Philppe Coutinho.

On the night, Muller touched the ball 47 times, completed a remarkable 32/36 passes, and won half his duels.

He sent 23 passes into the final third, which was the third-most of any player so far in this round of Champions League fixtures.

〽️ Rating Week-on-Week

✔️ IMPROVEMENT

Bayern destroyed Chelsea 4-1 in their previous match in the last-16. Muller didn't play too much of a part, earning a 6.1 FC Rating.

His sensational performance against Barcelona earned him a 10.0 FC Rating

🗝️ Key Stats

Muller match stats

StatisticValueNotes
FC Rating10🏆 FC Man of the Match
Mins Played90
Touches47
Touches In Box6
Shots2
On Target2
Goals2
Assists1
Final Third Passes23

What Next?

Next up, Bayern face the winner of Manchester City versus Lyon.

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