‘Not super, super strong’ – Thomas Muller gives honest verdict on quality of teams in the Premier League

Bayern have to get past PSG to reach the Champions League semi-finals
Bayern have to get past PSG to reach the Champions League semi-finals (Picture: Getty Images)

Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller doesn’t feel that Premier League teams are ‘super, super strong’ despite labelling England’s top flight as the ‘biggest league’ in world football.

Three English sides – Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool – find themselves in the quarter-finals of the Champions League this season and Pep Guardiola’s side are considered the favourites to win the competition.

City got off to a winning start in their last-eight tie against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night with goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Phil Foden sealing a 2-1 victory in the first leg at the Etihad.

Guardiola is yet to win the Champions League at City
Guardiola is yet to win the Champions League at City (Picture: Getty Images)

Liverpool – the winners of Europe’s elite competition in 2019, slipped to a disappointing 3-1 defeat away at Real Madrid in the first leg of their quarter-final, while Chelsea face Porto on Wednesday night.

But ahead of Bayern’s clash against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, which is a repeat of last year’s final, Muller gave an honest assessment of the quality of the clubs in the Premier League and how they compare to Europe’s other top divisions.

‘I do not feel that teams of the Premier League are super, super strong,’ Muller told The Independent.

‘But, of course, the competition is great. There are prestigious games each week.

‘I think it’s the biggest league in the world, for sure. But that doesn’t mean that the top five of the Premier League are winning everything in their international competitions, or when you compare the fourth of the Premier League and the fourth of the German league.

‘When they play a knockout game against each other, any team can win.’

On City’s chances of going all the way this season, Muller added: ‘A team with Pep Guardiola is always in shape to win it,’ he added.

‘But the problem is in the Champions League, in the knockout stage, you have only two games and many crazy things can happen. And last year in the tournament, there was only one game against Lyon. Maybe if there were two games they go to the next round, maybe.

‘That’s the problem when you have only one chance or only two games, there is more “random” than in 38 games like in the Premier League.

‘In the last two years, Liverpool was amazing. But normally a good team with Pep Guardiola wins the league, for sure. The continuation, how he prepares his teams. His team against smaller teams, he is the best. But when two top teams play against each other, the difference is not big enough to put away the “random”.’

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