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Müller: We're determined to stay on track

By Thursday afternoon, more than 71,000 fans had liked Thomas Müller's birthday on the official FC Bayern Facebook page, with 3,500 adding a personal message of congratulation. In the dressing room, the playing and coaching staff passed on their best wishes, and the club kitchen served “a cake with small candles on it," the birthday boy told However, Thomas insisted his 23rd birthday was “nothing really special. I'm not the kind of guy who rates a birthday particularly highly. There are so many birthdays around the world every day!"

Instead, the Germany international’s thoughts on Thursday were more directed towards Saturday afternoon's home Bundesliga meeting with Mainz. The midweek round of World Cup qualifiers is history, “and as of today, we’re totally back at Bayern," said the player who leads the domestic scoring chart with three goals in the first two matches. “We're on a good run, and all of us have tasted success with our national teams as well. Everything points to a home win."