‘Sadio was telling me not to pass the ball to Lewandowski!’: Thomas Muller reveals Mane teased him about reuniting with old team-mate ahead of Bayern Munich’s Champions League clash with Barcelona
- Sadio Mane jokingly told Thomas Muller not to pass to Robert Lewandowski
- The Polish striker returns to Munich on Tuesday with his new Barcelona team
- Muller insists Bayern’s new front line has more flexibility than with the Pole
- The German forward promises that Tuesday’s game will be one that neutrals will love
Thomas Muller has revealed that Sadio Mane has told him not to accidentally pass to former team-mate Robert Lewandowski when the pair meet on Tuesday night.
Bayern Munich host Barcelona at the Allianz Arena with former striker Lewandowski making a swift return to the club he left just eight weeks ago.
Muller and Lewandowski formed a devastating partnership spanning more than nine years, helping the Bundesliga giants to eight domestic titles and one Champions League success in that time.
Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski form a lethal partnership for Bayern Munich
Lewandowski continued his form for new side Barcelona this season by scoring nine times
The Poland striker’s return to Bavaria is dominating the headlines around this week’s clash and rightly so. The 34-year-old scored an astonishing 344 goals in 375 games for Bayern to move second on the club’s all-time top scorers list behind Gerd Muller.
Lewandowski continued his prolific form at new Barcelona side, scoring nine goals in his first six outings.
Muller – who turns 33 on matchday – revealed that Sadio Mane has cheekily told the German not to pass to his former team-mate out of habit when the pair come up against each other.
“Sadio was joking telling me not to make a mistake and pass the ball to Lewandowski during the match. We have to play our game tomorrow and not focus too much on Lewy,” Muller told SPORT.
Sadio Mane joked with Thomas Muller telling him not to pass Lewandowski out of habit
“Our connection on the field has grown over time. But now we have a lot of versatile players up front and we don’t have a single report. Opponents don’t know who the regular striker is and we have to make it work.’
Bayern have had it their own way against the Catalan club in recent years, including two 3-0 wins in last season’s group stage and the unforgettable 8-2 victory of the La Liga side in the quarter-finals two years ago.
Muller believes Tuesday’s game will be a game for the neutrals with the neutrals having maximum points after last week’s first round of group games.
The Bayern Munich striker said: “We want to dominate the duels and we want to be scathing after losing the ball. The game will be open. I think tomorrow will be a game that the neutral viewer will like.