Upon arriving at Bayern, Guardiola took up European footballs most difficult managerial position, having to follow in the footsteps of Heynckes’ treble. He might have been worried at the 3-1 defeat to Porto in Portugal, but last night, the Catalan manager’s side was as cool as a cucumber.
The first 45 minutes of Bayern-Porto looked like a match between teams separated by at least two divisions. The half ended 5-0, a result achieved without the likes of Ribery, Robben, Benatia, Alaba, Javi Martinez, and Schweinsteiger. After defeating the only undefeated team in Champions League this year, Bayern’s players paid homage to their fans. Muller, who is now Germany’s top all time Champions League goal scorer with 27 goals, led the celebrations from the Südkurve, draped in Bayern’s checkered flag.
The Bayern faithful will have something to be proud of after last night’s performance. They welcomed their team to the Allianz with a roar that is ever more rare in Europe’s biggest grounds. Now in the semi-finals Guardiola and his boys have the opportunity to win the Champions League in consecutive seasons for the first time in the modern era.
Mia San Mia means ‘We are who we are’ in Bavarian dialect, and right now, Bayern know they are champions. As the players kneeled in front of their fans following the 6-1 thrashing of Porto, we saw this collective belief. Muller’s electric chant amongst the supporters at the end of the match showed this collective belief that makes Bayern Munich the club they are.