Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller knows Stoke City is ultimate test



Stoke City – and particularly a wet and windy Tuesday night in Stoke – became English football’s byword for the biggest test a player can face.

When Stoke were promoted to the Premier League in 2008 and won fame as a well-drilled, no nonsense unit who would eat up reputations for lunch and ask what’s for pudding, there were internationals who were reduced to tears in the Potteries.

It has since gone beyond England and sometimes even beyond football.

It has been a hypothetical question put to Lionel Messi – “Of course. If he came to the Britannia he will also play good,” insisted his pal Bojan.

It has been used to take a poke at Prince Harry.

And now it has been picked up in Germany when Bayern Munich came through a stiff test at Stuttgart.

Stuttgart were unbeaten in nine before today’s match and went 1-0 up in the first half thanks to a goal from Tanguy Coulilaly.

But Bayern, who had former Stoke forward Maxim Choupo-Moting on the bench, came back to win 3-1 thanks to Kingsley Coman, Robert Lewandowski and Douglas Costa and a whole lot of grit.

Muller told BT Sport: “How do the British people say, ‘You have to show it on a windy night in Stoke’?

“It was not windy and Stuttgart is not Stoke but I think Stuttgart are a team that played very well in the last few weeks.

“We knew that today it could be tough. We didn’t have a good start in the first half, we hit the post and then we (conceded) the goal.

“But we turned it around, put everything in that we had and we won.

“It’s ok that we won but you are right when you say it was tough. It was not our best performance and not our easiest style of football.

“But in the end it was three points in the pocket and the show must go on.”





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