Bayern Munich striker Thomas Muller insisted revenge was not the motivation for his European glory desire, and highlighted Barcelona and Manchester United as major threats ahead of tonight’s crucial Champions league clash against Arsenal.
Muller said he is desperate to win the Champions League this season, though he dismissed the club’s failings in last year’s final as a motivation behind his desire for success. Chelsea beat the Bavarians in a penalty shoot-out at their own stadium, the Allianz Arena, in the 2011-12 final.
Jupp Heynckes’ men face Arsene Wenger’s Gunners in the Champions League last 16 first leg away fixture tonight and Muller rejected the notion of revenge for their previous campaign’s failings.
“I do not care for revenge,” the Germany international told Kicker. “I just want to win this thing, as quickly as possible. Therefore, our goal this year again is to get to the final again. We are in good form and are not afraid of Arsenal. We strive to play to our maximum everywhere.”
Muller insisted there is not a club in Europe that Bayern fear, though he accepted that there are footballing juggernauts still in the competition that will be tough to beat.
“We can compete with any team in Europe,” he added. “We know from the last three years what we can achieve.
“However, Barcelona are able to play exceptional football, and also Manchester United are constant threats in England. “(Barcelona) have broken incredible records. For years, Barcelona have worked in this way. Their growing understanding within the team applies to us as well. For example, because the whole team takes part, we are better defensively this season.”
“We want to win against Arsenal,” Muller added. “No matter when and where: we have to win this thing (the Champions League) at some point.”