Fresh from his brace in the 8-0 thrashing of Hamburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday, Thomas Muller proved that spirits are high in the Bayern Munich camp after serving up a hilarious impersonation of Cristiano Ronaldo in training.
The World Cup winning Germany international was caught on camera showcasing his own fleet-footed skills by appearing to emulate the Real Madrid superstar's distinctive posture and trademark tricks during a warm-up session at Arena Lviv in Ukraine on Monday.
It's not entirely clear whether Muller was taking the mickey out of the Portuguese forward by copying his quick succession of stepovers, but it certainly made for funny viewing when watching the 25-year-old attempting to imitate Ronaldo.
Muller's mimicking provided local press with a brief respite from the much more serious problems currently experienced by the war-torn country, which has driven Shakhtar out of the Donbass Arena and forced them to play their home games 600 miles away from Donetsk in the western city of Lviv.
"You know there is this terrible war out there, but you don't really realise it because you don't really know such a situation," admitted the Bayern star prior to his rare moment of joviality.
"It's hard to grasp to be playing against a team that is based in a crisis area. It's a surreal situation."
The 34,900 seater stadium - home of Ukrainian Premier League rivals Karpaty Lviv - is expected to be full for tonight's European encounter with spectators attracted by the opportunity to get a glimpse of Pep Guardiola's side in action.
Shakhtar advanced to the knockout stages of Europe's elite club competition this season owing to their away form - which was better than their 'home' performances - but they'll know the size of the task at hand if Mircea Lucescu's team is going to knock out the German giants.
600 miles from home
Club captain Darijo Srna said he and his teammates miss playing at the Donbass Arena, and that the current situation will make life even more difficult for tonight's hosts.
"For us, it's a big problem, because we are not playing at home, we are playing away, a new arena," he explained. "You don't have the power like you have at the Donbass Arena. It is something special - it's our stadium, it's our fans, it's our city."
Whilst football pales into insignificance when compared to the wider issues concerning all the political unrest, it's still worth taking another look at Thomas Muller's funny Cristiano Ronaldo impression in the video below.
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