‘Hungry’ Bayern delighted to progress as group winners

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Olympiakos’ defender Dimitris Siovas (right) and Bayern Munich’s striker Thomas Mueller (left) vie for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group F football match between FCB Bayern Munich and Olympiakos Piraeus on Wednesday at the Allianz Arena in Munich, southern Germany. AFP PHOTO

Olympiakos’ defender Dimitris Siovas (right) and Bayern Munich’s striker Thomas Mueller (left) vie for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group F football match between FCB Bayern Munich and Olympiakos Piraeus on Wednesday at the Allianz Arena in Munich, southern Germany. AFP PHOTO

MUNICH, Germany: Matthias Sammer says Bayern Munich demonstrated their insatiable desire for silverware by beating Olympiakos 4-0 with 10 men on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) to reach the Champions League knockout stages as group winners.

Bayern raced into a 3-0 lead after just 20 minutes at the Allianz Arena thanks to goals by Douglas Costa, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller before defender Holger Badstuber was sent off.

The Germany defender marked his first start for seven months after injury with a red card, but Bayern barely broke stride as France winger Kingsley Coman added their fourth.

Bayern are eight points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and looking strong in Europe after clinching top spot in Group F with a game to spare.


They have made no secret of their desire to win the treble of Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League with coach Pep Guardiola in the final year of his current contract.

“We are always hungry, which we saw again tonight,” said Bayern’s sporting director Sammer.

Few teams will fancy facing Bayern in the knockout rounds but captain Philipp Lahm said it was important for his side to ensure they progressed in first place, thereby avoiding a last-16 clash with other group winners including Barcelona.

“It’s always important to finish first,” said the ex-Germany skipper.

“It brings the advantage in the last 16 that you play the second leg at home. It’s a good way to finish the year.”

AFP

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