Thomas Muller Reveals Pep Guardiola Threatened to 'Cut Our Balls Off'

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2016

Bayern Munich's Spanish coach Josep Guardiola (C) speaks with Bayern Munich's German forward Thomas Mueller (R) after his team won against Olympiakos during the Group F Champions League football match at the Karaiskaki stadium in Athens on September 16, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS        (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller has revealed the harsh words used by manager Pep Guardiola to his team during their 4-2 extra-time victory over Juventus in Wednesday's last-16 UEFA Champions League second leg.

Muller made it 2-2 on the night to force extra-time in the 91st minute—after Bayern had gone 2-0 down inside half an hour at the Allianz Arena—and the German explained afterwards what Guardiola said before the added half-hour, per Kicker (via ESPN FC's Stephan Uersfeld): "He told us that he'd cut our balls off. Of course, there are a lot of emotions. I wouldn't be any different as a coach. We wanted to play for the third goal, because we still had energy left in us."

Thiago Alcantara and Kingsley Coman both netted in extra-time to seal an impressive turnaround from the Bundesliga side, and they will find out their last-eight opponents in Friday's draw.

Having drawn 2-2 in the opening leg in Italy, Juventus gave themselves a huge chance of advancing after first-half goals from Paul Pogba and Juan Cuadrado, but Robert Lewandowski's 73rd-minute header set the ball rolling for Bayern's comeback.

Coman's strike finally put the nail in the coffin for his parent club, and it was arguably the goal of the night, per BT Sport Football:

Guardiola is desperately seeking a Champions League triumph with Bayern to seal off his three years at the club before his move to Manchester City in the summer.

Bleacher Report's Dean Jones analysed a potential meeting for the Spaniard with his new club at the quarter-final stage in the Champions League:

Bayern were given a real scare by Juve on Wednesday and will be desperate to avoid any repeat of their substandard first-half performance at the Allianz Arena.

Muller admitted that Bayern made mistakes early on, per Kicker (via Uersfeld): "It wasn't going according to plan. It was a crazy match. It was weird. I didn't see much of the ball because Juve defended very deep. We didn't defend very well when we conceded the two goals."

They made it through in the end, though, and remain one of the favourites to go all the way as they search for a sixth title and first since 2013.