FC Bayern München forward Thomas Muller has admitted that his side were “spent” heading into the penalty shootout of their DFB-Pokal victory over Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
With neither side able to break the deadlock after 120 minutes, Bayern eventually emerged victorious 4-3 on penalties.
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer set up Bayern’s win as he saved Sven Bender and Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ penalties before Muller and Douglas Costa converted from the spot to end manager Pep Guardiola’s tenure at the club on a bright note.
“Penalties are always a mental thing. We were spent after 120 minutes,” Muller told ARD.
The 26-year-old also admitted that Bayern should consider themselves fortunate to have come out on top as Dortmund came close to scoring on a number of occasions. He added that his side were not at their best during the match as they wasted a plethora of opportunities to score.
“We’d have been gutted if we’ve not won the game,” Muller conceded. “We really had chances to score. I think we played well but the final touch wasn’t there for us.
“We know how strong Dortmund are – Marco Reus and [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan were really dangerous – but we’re just delighted to have won an intense game.
“It could have gone either way, that’s what happens in the cup.”