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'Phenomenon' Müller blasts second hat-trick

From a purely statistical point of view, Bayern’s 4-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday was practically a foregone conclusion after just 22 minutes. On the one hand that’s because Germany’s biggest club have lost none of the last 104 Bundesliga matches in which they took the lead (97 wins, seven draws). And on the other, Thomas Müller scored the opening goal: the Reds are undefeated in the Bundesliga when the 25-year-old has hit the target. In all, Müller has scored in 50 matches with FCB winning 47, including the last 31 on the bounce.

And when Müller does score, he likes to do it more than once. He followed up Saturday’s opener with the next two goals, completing his second Bundesliga hat-trick. His previous three-goal haul in the league came in a 3-1 win against VfL Bochum on 1 May 2010. He also finished on three in a 5-0 DFB Cup first round victory over BSV Rehden in August 2013, and in Germany’s 4-0 defeat of Portugal in their opening match at the 2014 World Cup.

Three goals from four shots

“You’re obviously delighted, although it won’t last all the way to Christmas because we have such a busy programme,” Müller grinned after the final whistle in Frankfurt. “But it’s a very nice moment. You always get a shiver down the spine when you score, even when you have a few games under your belt.” Müller shot at the Eintracht goal four times in the 90 minutes and netted with three of them. “Thomas was ruthless in front of goal today,” commented Sebastian Rode.

“Thomas is a phenomenon,” enthused sporting director Matthias Sammer, “he’s a fantastic lad and a great ambassador for FC Bayern.” Coach Pep Guardiola is also an avowed Müller fan. “He has a really big nose for goal,” declared the Spaniard. Thomas’s triple strike on Saturday takes him onto 64 goals in 175 Bundesliga appearances.

‘We have other priorities’

“He’s won the treble and now he’s scored three goals, which is nice for us” quipped keeper Manuel Neuer. “We’re all delighted for Thomas. He had a terrific game with three goals - that’s Thomas for you,” said Jérôme Boateng. Guardiola believes Müller has not even reached his full potential yet. “He’s a young player and he can still get better in one or two situations. That would make him a complete footballer.”

As always, Müller was keen to emphasise team success over personal glory. “No-one will be interested tomorrow so I’ll take it and enjoy it now, but not too seriously,” he declared. Müller also batted aside questions as to whether he could finish top scorer this season. “It’s too soon and I’m relaxed about it. The main thing is brining the shield home to the Marienplatz in May. The Kanone [trophy for the top scorer] isn’t so important. We have other priorities.”

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