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Prolific Müller returns with a bang

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Sunday morning training was the usual mix of stretching, regeneration exercise and light work with the ball, but the 700 or so fans enjoying the sunshine and the show at the Säbener Strasse in the wake of the 6–1 victory away to Wolfsburg chiefly saw smiles and laughter on the players’ faces. And none was laughing more than Thomas Müller. The 24-year-old scored two and provided another in a superb comeback after a two-week layoff with a pulled muscle. Nor was the native Bavarian harbouring any regrets about a first-half goal credited to another player instead of him.

“I’ve got to give away the goal. I have no choice. The referee told me at half-time it wasn’t my goal, and that tickled me up the wrong way even more,“ Müller wryly commented. The incident in question concerned Bayern’s 26th-minute equaliser. Following a scramble in the Wolves goalmouth Müller slammed the loose ball into the net, but replays clearly showed Xherdan Shaqiri’s effort a few seconds earlier had already crossed the line before home keeper Diego Benaglio clawed the ball back into play.

“That’s two goals Shaq has stolen from me now,” grinned Müller, thinking back to the fourth against Freiburg three weeks ago. “But it’s not a problem. I went on to score two of my own after all. So we’ll make like St Martin and share.“ Müller scored Bayern’s crucial second in the 63rd minute and then added the fifth with a header. For the sixth he set up Mario Mandzukic to prod home at the back stick. The pair are now joint top of the club scoring chart with 22 goals apiece in all competitions.

Maximum effort

“It’s all going our way at the moment. We don’t need many chances,” observed Müller, “this team is always up for it.” The Wolves’ aggressive pressing game had been “nasty”, he said, “but it’s hard to keep up for 90 minutes. We used all our individual class to make the most of the extra space we had after the hour. That’s why it was such a big margin of victory.“

However, continued Müller, no-one should be lulled into a false sense of security by the result, especially with Arsenal up next in the Champions League. “We’ll have to be totally focused on Tuesday and give it everything.” The man who is the second most successful German in the history of Europe’s elite club competition with 20 goals to date could play a vital role: he is Bayern’s top scorer in the Champions League this term with four goals and has scored in Munich’s last three European matches. With the club on all kind of record streaks at the moment, fans will be hoping Thomas keeps up the good run of his own.