Thomas Muller moans tough-tackling Atletico Madrid are ‘the thugs of Europe’ – despite HIM being booked by Michael Oliver during Bayern Munich’s Champions League romp
- Bayern Munich thrashed Atletico Madrid 4-0 in their Champions League opener
- Thomas Muller took aim at Diego Simeone as he reacted to being booked
- He said the Spanish side were ‘the thugs of Europe’ after foul on Kieran Trippier
The reigning European champions kicked off the perfect defence of their crown as they cruised to victory despite facing stern opposition in their opener, with Kingsley Coman, Leon Goretzka and Corentin Tolisso among the goals.
But early in the game at the Allianz Arena, Bayern forward Muller flew into a rage after he went into the book following a foul on Atletico right back Kieran Trippier.
Thomas Muller called Atletico Madrid the ‘thugs of Europe’ after being booked in Bayern’s win
He hit out at referee Michael Oliver after being given a yellow for a foul on Kieran Trippier
The 31-year-old was furious after the challenge in the first half, hitting out at Premier League referee Michael Oliver for handing him a yellow considering Atletico are ‘the thugs of Europe’, as reported by AS.
With the game being played in an empty stadium, it is claimed the German World Cup winner moaned: ‘Are you kidding me? We are playing against the thugs of Europe and you give me yellow for that?’
Muller put in an impressive shift for the Bavarian side, providing the assist for Coman’s second goal and Bayern’s fourth to seal a thumping win.
Atletico have a reputation for being an aggressive, tough-tackling side under manager Diego Simeone, which has irked a number of sides coming up against them in LaLiga and Europe.
It was little surprise Oliver handed out six yellows – four to Atletico and two to Bayern. The home side committed eight fouls compared to the visitors’ 13.
Atletico have a reputation for being an aggressive, tough-tackling side under Diego Simeone
Bayern boss Hansi Flick said it was important for his team to ‘show our face’ against Atletico
Bayern certainly showed plenty of aggression themselves as they marshalled the Spanish side out of the game in a largely dominant affair, and manager Hansi Flick was pleased with how his players ‘showed their face’.
‘It can be said that we have been very physical, especially against this team that plays the ball very aggressive, and it was very important to show our face and show our quality,’ he said.