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14 assists after 22 matchdays - new record for Müller

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Thomas Müller inspired his team-mates to match-winning moments early on in Sunday's 4-1 victory in Cologne. In the third minute, the 30-year-old expertly set up Robert Lewandowski's opener, and just two minutes later acted as provider for Kingsley Coman to hand the Bavarians their earliest 2-0 lead in almost 20 years (since a 3-0 victory over Energie Cottbus).

Müller's killer instinct

Müller's fellow FCB men are well aware of his quality. "As we all know, Thomas always keeps an eye open for a team-mate, and he sets them up in good positions. He has real instinct and takes the right decisions," captain Manuel Neuer said after the final whistle.

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They were assists numbers 13 and 14 in the current Bundesliga season for the World Cup winner, who has thus set another record in the German top flight: since detailed data collection began in 2004/05, no player has directly set up so many goals after 22 matchdays.

Personal best already equalled

With this yield, Müller has equalled his personal assist record from the entire 2017/18 Bundesliga season, with the current campaign only two-thirds old. The forward's current form suggests there are plenty more assists to come. In Cologne alone, he set up a total of seven shooting opportunities for his team-mates, comfortably the most of any player on the pitch.

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