MUNICH: German league leaders Bayern Munich took a step towards winning the treble again as their key player Thomas Mueller scored twice in Tuesday’s game of 2-0 semi-final win over Werder Bremen team to reach the German Cup final this year.
Thomas Mueller now has netted 31 times in all competitions, four in the Cup, as the 26-year-old headed home in the first half, then converted a penalty from the Arturo Vidal.
Bayern Munich secured their way to their 21st final on May 21 at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium as they owned Bremen with 70 percent possession.
However, the match-winner was not pleased with Bayern’s performance and said:[quote]The most important thing was going through, but we made too many mistakes, and it wasn’t a pleasant game for us[/quote] [quote]We have played better, but it’s a nice feeling to be in the final.[/quote]
Bundesliga headers will face either rival Borussia Dortmund or Hertha Berlin, who meet in Wednesday’s other semi, having already lifted the trophy a record 17 times.
It is expected that Bayern on course for a repeat of their 2013 treble in what is Pep Guardiola’s third and final year of his Munich contract before coaching Manchester City next season.
Bayern will play against Atletico Madrid away in a week’s time in the Champions League semi-final with the return leg in Munich on May 3.
This was the clash of Germany’s two best Cup teams with Bayern and Bremen having won the trophy 23 times between them.
In the past 13 years, Bayern Munich managed to win the Cup seven times.
Pep Guardiola named a near full-strength team in front of a crowd of 75,000 but inform Vidal, Douglas Costa, and Thiago Alcantara were on the bench.
Bayern Munich needed just half an hour to take the lead at Munich’s Allianz Arena when Mueller was left unmarked in the middle of the area to head home Xabi Alonso’s corner.
The loosing side Bremen wasted one of only two first-half chances with 40 minutes gone.
Bayern’s goalkeeper Neuer mistimed his clearance straight to Sambou Yatabare, but the Mali midfielder failed with his attempt to lob the Germany goalkeeper.
Manuel Neuer had to pick the ball out of the Bayern net early in the second half when Bayern defender David Alaba lobbed his goalkeeper, but the referee whistled for a foul by Fin Bartel.
However, Referee Tobias Stieler pointed to the spot and Mueller drilled home the penalty.
Bremen need to focus on surviving the relegation battle as they are in the Bundesliga’s bottom three, two points from safety.