Bayern München vs. Basel  7 - 0

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Gomez pleased with Bayern revival

14 March 2012 11:36

Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez says his team have regained their confidence after a 7-0 thrashing of Basel on Tuesday.

The Bavarian giants thumped the Swiss outfit to take a 7-1 aggregate win and progress to the Champions League quarter-finals.

Jupp Heynckes' men have slipped five points adrift of Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund after struggling following the mid-season break, but Gomez believes they are nearing their best form.

"All of our players have got their self-confidence back. Everything seems to be working better once again," Gomez said after the win over Basel.

"We support each other just the way as we should do. Obviously all this is a lot easier when you have a great run of results like we have done, with last weekend and the Basel match in mind."

"It has been a step in the right direction. But still, we are five points behind the top of the league, and there is a long way to go."

It was the second time in four days Bayern had scored seven times, having hammered Hoffenheim 7-1 in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Gomez netted four times against Basel, while Arjen Robben scored a brace and Thomas Mueller the other in the resounding win.

Bayern captain Philipp Lahm hailed his team's quality in the win, and said it was vital they took their chances in the first half.

"We came roaring out of the traps at the beginning of the first half and got an early goal. After that we were able to calm down a bit, and we were able to control the game in the final third of the pitch, without conceding the ball very often," he said.

"That's when we really started to show our quality - something that we saw both at the weekend and tonight, and what was crucial of course was that we made it 3-0 by half time."

Meanwhile, Bayern president Uli Hoeness criticised the media for their coverage of Bayern' season.

"I am not a fan of what you (the media) are doing. Two weeks ago they (the players) were Bratwursts," Hoeness said.

"And now they're supposed to be superstars. I don't want to live in such an environment."

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Heynckes rapt with ´perfect´ Bayern

14 March 2012 02:46

Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes hailed his team's 'perfect' performance after they demolished Basel 7-0 in the Champions League.

With victory needed to ensure their spot in the last eight of Europe's premier club competition, Bayern turned on the style at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday, with Mario Gomez scoring four and Arjen bagging a double on the way to an emphatic victory.

After beating Hoffenheim 7-1 in the Bundesliga at the weekend, Bayern have now scored 14 goals in their last two matches, and Heynckes could not fault any part of their performance.

"We had already played well last Saturday and I noticed this week how much the team wanted to go through to the next round," Heynckes said.

"Today, we have put in a top class performance from the first until the last minute. Overall, it was a perfect game from us."

Gomez's haul of four goals lifted his season tally to 35 in all competitions, and Heynckes wsa pleased to see his striker in top form.

"I'm very happy for him because I have seen games where he has been substituted and the crowd have jeered him," Heynckes said.

"The fact that he scores goals is a reflection that the team is playing well."

"A striker needs security and confidence and he gets that from the team."

Basel looked set to cause another upset after knocking Manchester United out of the group stage, but they were thoroughly outplayed on Tuesday, leaving little for coach Heiko Vogel to take from the match.

"You have to see this is a game to try to take something positive away," Vogel said.

"Maybe we can learn more from this than the wins we've enjoyed so far in the competition."

"Of course you have to talk about the quality Bayern have, but we need to learn our lessons."

"Bayern had an outstanding game. They played sensationally, this was their best game of the season so far.

"With such a performance, the final is possible, but Barcelona are still in the tournament."

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Illness can´t keep Robben down

14 March 2012 00:27

Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben has revealed he was not fully fit for his side's 7-0 Champions League demolition of Basel on Tuesday.

Bayern stormed into the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a dominant display over the Swiss outfit in a match they needed to win after defeat in the first leg in Basel.

The Dutch winger scored two goals as Jupp Heynckes' team completely overwhelmed their Swiss visitors, making it 14 goals in a week for the Bavarians after their 7-1 trouncing of Hoffenheim on Saturday.

The former Real Madrid man was quick to lavish praise on the performance, while adding that he had been on medication after feeling ill during the week.

"Seven goals in the Champions League is incredible," Robben said.

"Our last two games have been incredible; we've scored 14 goals. Maybe this will make other teams take notice of us."

"Maybe it is a bit strange to say, but I wasn't totally fit. I was on antibiotics, because I have a little bit of a cold."

And when asked who he would like to face in the quarter-finals, he added coyly: "Maybe you can say that 'you don't want to play Barcelona or Real Madrid', but let's see what happens."

Bayern captain Philipp Lahm was also full of congratulation for his side after the game.

The full-back stated: "The early goal was important for us. You could see against Hoffenheim - we're able to destroy an opponent if we're in a good mood."

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Champions League: Bayern Munich 7 Basel 0

13 March 2012 22:53

A Mario Gomez-inspired Bayern Munich stormed into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 7-0 hammering of Basel on Tuesday.

Gomez struck four times, alongside a brace by Arjen Robben and a further strike by Thomas Mueller to quickly wipe out the visitors' 1-0 first-leg advantage and send the Bavarian giants into the last eight on the back of their biggest ever margin of victory in the Champions League.

Bayern came flying out of the gates, and needed only 11 minutes to bring the tie level on aggregate.

Robben had already seen two chances go begging in the opening exchanges, but made no mistake at the third time of asking, latching on to Mueller's deflected shot to finish from close range.

The hosts stormed down the field immediately after the restart, but Basel goalkeeper Yann Sommer was on hand to twice deny Gomez, first blocking his cheeky close-range back-heel, then getting down well to parry his shot at the near post.

The Basel keeper's heroics in the first-leg had kept his side in the tie and it was proving to be the same story again, as he was called into action once more to deny Mueller from a corner with a diving save just after 20 minutes.

However, Bayern were given a scare five minutes before half time after a rare attack by the visitors saw Alexander Frei volley a long cross by namesake Fabian just over from close range.

It proved to be nothing more than an aberration, and the home side doubled their advantage a few minutes later when Ribery’s ball from the right was volleyed home with precision by Mueller at the near post.

There was still time before the break for Bayern to add a third, after Holger Badstuber’s cutback from Kroos’ free-kick fell right into Gomez's path a yard or two from goal a minute before half-time.

If Basel were hoping to make a recovery in the second-half, their hopes were quickly dashed five minutes after the restart by Gomez, who showed superb athleticism to sidefoot Franck Ribery’s cross home on the volley.

Gomez completed his hat-trick on the hour mark after another brilliant piece of play on the left flank by Ribery, whose dinking run past Markus Steinhofer and teasing cross left the German striker with a simple header from inside the six yard area.

The Ribery-Gomez combination came up trumps once again in the 67th minute, the former again beating Steinhofer with ease before cutting back towards the latter, who finished into the top corner with aplomb.

Robben got the seventh with nine minutes before the end, picking up substitute Bastian Schweinsteiger’s pass to round Sommer and complete a perfect evening for Bayern at the Allianz Arena.

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Champions League preview: Bayern Munich v FC Basel

12 March 2012 10:29

Star trio Arjen Robben, Mario Gomez and Jerome Boateng are battling to be fit for Tuesday's Champions League clash with FC Basel.

Bayern are aiming to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit against the Swiss side.

Striker Gomez netted a hat-trick, his 11th for the club in the Bundesliga, during Bayern's 7-1 hammering of Hoffenheim on Saturday, but came off after 57 minutes with a cut above his ankle.

"I have a hole in my shin," he said.

"It looked bad, but fortunately it's nothing serious. There's nothing broken and nothing torn, so it's no problem," said of the incident after he scored Bayern's first goal in the fifth minute.

Winger Robben, who has been injury prone this season after groin and back problems, needed prolonged treatment during the game having scored twice against Hoffenheim, but completed the 90 minutes.

Defender Jerome Boateng came off at half-time after straining a leg muscle.

"He's not torn anything, a muscle has just gone tight," manager Jupp Heynckes said.

Meanwhile, Bayern were buoyed by the return of Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger for the final 20 minutes against Hoffenheim, a month after he tore ankle ligaments.

"I am glad that I got some time on the pitch, I felt good," Schweinsteiger said.

"I'm ready (for Basel)."

"Basel is a very important game for the way the rest of the season will run. We have to do that again against Basel," Munich president Uli Hoeness told German television channel ZDF after the Hoffenheim win.

Meanwhile, Basel will be determined to defend their slender advantage, with a place in the quarter-finals up for grabs, a situation they have only been in once before.

Basel, who are dominating Swiss football, were last beaten in the Swiss league in August and their opening goal in Zurich was scored by future Bayern midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, who will come to Munich at the end of the summer.

While Bayern may have got their swagger back following last weekend's 2-0 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen, Basel, under ex-Bayern youth coach Heiko Vogel, are currently dominating Swiss football.

They arrive in Munich on the back of a morale-boosting win after a 2-0 victory at Grasshoppers Zurich over the weekend that put them 12 points clear at the top of the Swiss Super league.

Bundesliga table

# Team MP D P
1 3 +4 7
2 3 +3 7
3 3 +3 7
4 3 +1 6
5 3 +3 5

Super League table

# Team MP D P
1 8 +8 19
2 8 +7 18
3 8 +2 13
4 8 +4 12
5 8 +0 10