Pep Guardiola’s men went into their second leg quarter-final at the Allianz Arena with a mammoth task; to overturn a 3-1 deficit in order to progress. It was a Herculic task, given the might and heart Porto put in back home.
But by half time, they were eons ahead of their Portuguese counterparts, having unleashed a devastating 45 minutes of football to lead 5-0 at home. Any doubts of an impossible task for the German champions was washed wash as they played scintillating football, overturning the seemingly impossible scoreline.
“We just witnessed something miraculous,” said Bayern legend, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, and in truth, he wasn’t wrong – they deserved all the applause they received after the 90 minutes.
After the break, Bayern Munich took their foot off the pedal and could be forgiven after their immense showing in the first 45 minutes.
What remained hugely impressive was that they annihilated Porto in the absence of influentials such as Bastian Schweinsteiger, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Medhi Benatia.
Looking back at the game, manager Pep Guardiola tinkered his tactics and kept his players focused throughout the 90 minutes.
In truth, his side won every battle there was to win; Holger Badstuber versus Jackson Martinez only produced one winner, the former. Rafinha trumped Brahimi while Porto’s midfield was no match for Bayern’s men. As for further upfield? 6-1, enough said.
The German champions have now sat the remaining teams in the competition up and given them a glimpse of what to expect, should they be drawn against them.
The quarter-finals; that is where the best are separated from the very best, as teams fight it out to take home continental honours. And Bayern Munich have once again proved no task is too improbable to succeed in. They manoeuvred their way into the last four, joining Barcelona in the last four.
And Pep Guardiola can smile once again, having masterminded one of the greatest results in this year’s UEFA Champions League competition.