Thomas Muller provides mixed reaction after Cologne win

hile the scoreline was comfortable for the visitors, Muller acknowledged that the team eased off during the second period where they need to bank on the services of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. He added that they need to avoid that tendency against Chelsea whom they face in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 next week.

He told “We turned in a superb display in the first half. It was a feast for the eyes! We were extremely efficient in the first ten minutes but unfortunately less so after that. And then we eased off again, we’ve seen it over the last few matches: we rest on our laurels, not everyone takes part any more. Manu made outstanding saves. But we must absolutely remedy this behaviour against Chelsea.”

With the win, Bayern have moved back to the top of the league standings ahead of Leipzig and they have a slender one-point lead. Next up, they have a home game against bottom-placed Paderborn and they should comfortable beat them, barring a shocking performance. Thereafter, they have their European challenge against Premier League side Chelsea and the game promises entertainment with both teams preferring to play on the attack.

Obviously, the Blues are regarded as the underdogs with a young side under Frank Lampard but Bayern will need to be wary of the quality within that squad. Though the Blues have been inconsistent over the past few months, they have the tendency to find the net on the road and that could prove costly in the Champions League, particularly with the away-goal rule.