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Aerial powerhouse Müller ends goal drought

Thomas Müller returned to form in Stuttgart last Wednesday with two assists, but just as in Hamburg a couple of days earlier, the top scorer at the 2010 World Cup was denied a goal of his own. A scoring drought lasting almost 20 hours finally came to an end when he netted Bayern's second against Kaiserslautern, “and it felt good," Thomas admitted afterwards.

It was a goal that had been coming, in more than one sense of the phrase. Müller's rapidly improving form pointed at imminent success, and he also drew further motivation by the presence on Saturday of his brother Simon, currently completing an internship at FCB's head office. “It'll happen tomorrow, Thomas will get one," Simon predicted on Friday, showing strong brotherly intuition.