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Cup top scorer Müller

‘We’re full of confidence for the final’

When Bayern last won the DFB Cup with a 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund two years ago, Thomas Müller was playing for the FCB U-19s. “I really can’t remember where I watched the game, but I know it went into extra-time and Luca Toni scored twice,” the 20-year-old recalled in conversation with

In all probability, Müller spent the evening of 19 April 2008 with a group of friends, cheering on Bayern and skipper Oliver Kahn. This Saturday, Müller has a starring role in the action as he features in the first cup final of his remarkable career. “Lots of people have told me the final in Berlin is a real highlight. I’m really looking forward to it,” Müller said.

Stellar ascent

In truth, the young man from Upper Bavaria has had an astonishing first season with the senior team. A year ago, only the truly die-hard FCB loyalists had ever heard the name Thomas Müller. He is now a regular for Germany’s biggest club, and has a decent chance of time on the field with Germany at the World Cup in South Africa.

However, his stellar ascent is far from coincidental or lucky. Müller finished his first full season in the Bundesliga with 23 scorer points – 13 goals and 10 assists – to finish top of the internal club ranking. He scored all three goals in Bayern’s final home fixture of the season, a 3-1 victory over Bochum. And in the DFB Cup, the Munich youth product has the most scorer points in the competition with four goals and two assists, a position he is highly unlikely to relinquish now.

Müller’s cup dream

“Finishing as top scorer doesn’t bother me that much,” Müller stated. “It's obviously nice if you make your contribution, but what matters more than anything else is winning the cup as a team.” The Germany international is certain he and his team-mates will do just that. “Werder are good, but we’re very well prepared. And we’re confident after what’s happened in recent weeks, so I’m in a positive mood.”

Müller and his team-mates already have the league title safely stowed away. They are determined to complete the double on Saturday, and then take on Inter in Madrid a week later on the last leg of a historic quest for the treble. “And I’ll give everything I’ve got for that,” Müller vowed.