Let’s get one in for sure first.
Servus, Thomas Müller here.
Voicemail again. You just cannot get hold of this guy.
Here’s a good tip for getting to the Allianz Arena:
always follow the river Isar.
And at some point, you probably have to turn off,
but through the city centre, just follow the Isar.
This is just for those of you who opted for a little extra city tour.
You can sense it –
the Allianz Arena is not far away.
I can smell competition.
There we are.
That’s a glorious view.
Let’s see if they’ll let us in.
Hi, Servus! Thank you! [you’re welcome]. They’ve been expecting us.
Mull, pleased you could make it. I’m delighted. And you’ve brought the balls, great.
Yeah, of course! The younger player carries the balls.
Exactly, that’s it! Finally, something reasonable comes out of his mouth.
Yes, hello Mats! It’s a pleasure to be here with you.
Not only the ThoMats Challenge fans, but I too am excited
not only to be here with you, but, of course, to be challenging you.
I’ve been waiting a long time for this and I’m glad you’re here.
And I am glad to be invited.
After a long, long time, we are finally back to take each other on.
One-on-one though, not eleven-a-side.
Okay? Off we go!
This is where we part ways
Thomas will go to the home team dressing room, and I, naturally, will go to the away team dressing room,
before we both meet back out here shortly for our first challenge.
20 minutes, yeah? I need a bit more time.
Yeah go on, hurry up.
Okay, Mats! Let’s go. Hey, why is there a box of water here?
Why are you wearing a hoodie?
Yeah, come on. Let’s play some Football-Bowling.
It’s a good idea.
Okay, Football-Bowling has the following rules:
Each player gets three attempts, whoever knocks down the most skittles wins. Let’s go!
Easy to remember.
Time to knock-em dead! Let’s go.
Does that count as a point?
I wanted you to start. Mind games. Playing you like a fiddle, mate.
Well the beginner definitely has an advantage, so that’s me.
I’ll be looking very closely at your technique.
Ah yes, in bowling, that’s what you call a ‘split’.
So that’s one. But it’s obviously going to be more difficult for me now...
... to clean up with the second shot.
Now I should probably go down the middle again to split the first two.
Can I go and measure whether the ball will fit between them?
Ah, just fall over!
We’ve lost one.
We lost a pin.
Yeah that was a bit hard.
Oh, that was important for me, that one not falling over.
Yeah but it’s another split...
Yeah, just knock that one over and you’ll have a respectable seven.
That was always going to happen.
Can’t go wrong with that.
Yeah okay, eight out of nine. Good score.
Yeah, that was a good start.
It was! Now it’s over to you.
But you’ve taken one of our bottles out of the game.
We probably need a physiotherapist; this one has neck pain!
Ouch, I keep getting electric shocks.
Right, eight is the score to beat.
Eight it is the target.
Now just hit the bottles. The first one is really important.
The one with neck pain.
We took that one out completely, he’ll be out for at least a week.
But now I’ve got a problem -
it’s looking a lot worse for me than it did for you after your first shot.
Well yeah, cause of the back one.
One of them has burst.
Yeah, that was nice.
I think you’ll have to go for a draw.
I have to go for a draw, I’ll try.
With a bit of luck maybe I’ll...
Maybe the middle one will knock over the back left one.
Why am I giving you pointers anyway?
Because you know I can’t pull it off either way.
You can, just take that right side out of the game.
Okay, two more for the draw, three for the win.
Wahey, get in!
Yep, that was very brave of you.
Another home win in the bag.
1-0 to you.
We’re not done yet though, it’s time for the second challenge.
Okay, Thomas took the lead in there, now we’re out on the pitch, I had a think to myself:
‘How can I level the score?’
So, I decided we’d do my speciality: hitting the back of the net.
Okay listen up, we’ll set up points... [Thomas: as the Schnippel-King] ...
behind the line from where we’ll have to slice the ball and curl it into the net.
Okay, got it.
If we manage to score... We’ll have two attempts from each position...
If we score, and the ball only bounces once it’s behind the line, or even better goes straight into the back of the net, then it’s three points.
If it goes in after bouncing, you get one point.
If you miss, then, as expected, you’ll get zero points.
So yeah, that’s what we’ll be trying to do. I guess I’ll show you the first position.
Yeah, go for it. It’s my turn.
Okay, here we go, Mats.
Here we go.
First shot. Here we go.
Here we go.
Ah, that was rubbish.
Too much slice.
Yeah too much slice and badly set up.
That’s good! Yes!
Yeah that was good.
1-0. That was really important.
Nice one. Was that your third now or what?
That was my second, can you not count? Thomas.
Can you just... [Mats: Of course!] ... just doesn’t look right.
The one in the goal or this one here.
That’s never going in.
Aiming for the corner flag...
That was rubbish man!
I have to get some more power behind that, like you did.
That was good as well, unfortunately!
Are we only cheering for one team here or what?
Nice of Thomas to always bring his family along to ThoMats Challenges so that they cheer him on.
1-1 after phase one. Off to the second, okay with you?
Since we’re level, you can really feel the tension.
Oh man, I thought I had the lead.
You could almost cut the tension with a knife.
Position number two is the classic corner.
I would say it’s the best chance to hit the back of the net without the ball bouncing.
The only rule here is that it has to be on the by-line,
so from here to here. Thomas can shoot from there if he wants –
it has to be touching the line, there’s no VAR here. The fans love that.
Okay let’s have a go then shall we?
Come on, I’m a risk-taker.
No! That was rubbish.
Unlucky, the technique was all right then,
There are no rewards for good technique against you.
The next one has to go in.
It looked good for a while, mate. Well then, that’s advantage me.
Now you can really pull ahead.
I’ll make sure with this one, along the ground.
Look, at him there. Oooh, now he’s scared.
If you score along the ground now, I’ll be really annoyed.
Let’s make sure first.
Oh, no, no!
That’s a big miss, I thought that was in, so did you!
Me too, I was already like, ready for the announcement!
Okay let’s go.
Oh, careful now, we don’t want that.
Time to take some risks.
We’re hitting this one straight in.
Minus, God! Thank you very much. Mull, that was rubbish.
That was rubbish.
Now onto the next phase.
This is the outside-of-the-boot position.
This will be our decider.
As you can see it’s set up for an outside-of-the-boot effort.
For anyone who can’t do that, you can also use your left foot, or your right foot, if you want to put some crazy spin on it.
I’ll be trying a variety of shots. One with my right, one with my left. The rest will be a mixture.
We’re level as things stand. This is the decider.
Yes, all the rules regarding bounces before going are the same.
Same rules, yes, otherwise I’d have complained.
Okay, outside of the boot, let’s show him!
Oh God, that’s terrible.
Yep, that was glorious.
All we need is a striker who can put one away.
Yeah, you have one.
Yes, we do. He’s on a role that lad.
Oh God, the pressure.
Oh, it’s the post.
I have one of those so-called…
Two match points for the chatterbox.
I could be really arrogant and do a slow one…
Yeah, just do it!
Ok, first I’ll go with my left.
Yeah, that really hurts. Short and painful.
Yes, I want to see if that stays in!
Yes, nonetheless, Thomas.
Thank you, thanks.
Unfortunately, he deserves to win again.
You can’t win anything against this Müller.
So, with a heavy heart I have to congratulate Thomas on the victory, but we’re not just going to leave it there.
I’ve got one more trick up my sleeve, at least to send him on his way with a bad feeling.
It will be ‘espectacular.’
This is really going to be ‘Spektakolo’. Up there in block 204
is where we’ll be next. Shoot the ball up there Thomas, you can do that.
It was on the right line at least.
Not enough potatoes at lunchtime!
Exactly where he shot the ball, we’re going all the way up there to see if we can shoot the ball into the goal from there.
If the ball goes in, it’s 25 “Müller” points,
if it stays in the six-yard box, it’s 15 “Hummels” points.
And if it only reaches the penalty box, we each get five sympathy points,
so we’ll at least have something on the board.
If the ball lands exactly on the penalty spot, I have just thought of a special rule.
Then you get 13 “Müller” points for your old number!
And what’s your old number?
Always 15 and five!
Ok, we’re ready to go. We’re going to give each other one test shot each, because neither of us have shot at goal from 18 floors up before.
Well, at least I haven’t. Thomas?
No, at least not from block 204.
It’s a first time for me from block 204 too,
which is why we get a test shot and then the competition begins with three shots each.
The line isn’t bad.
And the shot was ok.
Yes, it bounced well. That was a good taster.
Good movement left, but there needs to be a bit more power.
You need to give it a little more.
Ok, but we’ve reached the penalty box at least. A first positive of the day.
Three attempts but alternating.
Not three in a row.
Alternating, yeah. You start.
Oh, that’s not even going in the box. Stay out!
Oh God, oh God, oh God. That’s a crap start for us.
Not us, for you.
Let’s get that right.
I’ll catch you when you fall, so you can follow through.
It’s too short, but it’ll get five.
No, that’ll reach the six-yard box.
No, I didn’t hit it hard enough, but five points!
5-0, yes! But it’s definitely doable, because that wasn’t a good shot.
Oh, that’s good.
Oh well, it should be a…
Those skinny little legs can’t go so far after all.
God, oh God, oh God.
That could reach the six-yard box.
Ah, but it’s not quite enough, is it? Come on, come on, move across.
Ah, it has stopped.
Yeah, ok. I need to get in the six-yard box.
I need the six-yard box.
Wait, should I hold you? Do you want to take a risk?
All good, all good.
No, that’s moving away again
But it’s going to reach the box, right?
No, it’s not going in.
Oh, now I can shoot for goal without any pressure.
That’s so sad.
A little more power
Ah, it’s too short again.
You need to know where you are shooting, you have to know your pitch.
Yeah, that’s true.
15-0, a small win at least.
15-5, 15-5. Sorry. I would say we shoot the remaining balls just for fun.
[imitating: Ohhh, they don’t count for the competition.]
Okay, they count! You know how to get me, that’s the problem.
Okay, they count, two extra shots each.
That’s the democratic way to do it!
Once again, I have let Müller manipulate me.
I get too much slice.
That’ll get the special 13 points
It’s too little again, it will never reach the goal.
It’s the wrong technique, we’re shooting too high.
That’s true. It’s not going to move enough metres
It was the first one in the right direction that count have reached the goal.
20-10, it’s all still possible for you.
Not anymore, but nice try.
Seems like I have lost the challenge, completely deservedly.
I will try to reach the six-yard box, at least for my own confidence.
Yeah, that would be incredible.
That’s going in.
It’s going to go wide left of the goal.
Move right! So close!
Stay! Good! No!
That was the best. For me at least, the best.
That was the closest at least.
Anyway, I win the consolation prize again.
So, whether or not I won isn’t really important.
I had a lot of fun, seriously.
Me too. Finally, an even ThoMats challenge again.
Hey, something different. Why are the seats here all covered up?
I want nothing to do with that.
Shall we go and collect the balls?
I'm so blind!