Created on 24-01-2021 at 19:48 PM
"Müller always plays!" With this sentence, coach Louis van Gaal announced Thomas Müller as a regular in his Bayern team. And even in 2021, more than ten years later, this statement still holds true. In the 4-0 win at Schalke, Müller was named in the starting eleven for the 18th time this season. The 31-year-old is the only Bayern player to have started every Bundesliga match so far this season.
Müller orders, organises and scores
Once again, the attacker repaid Hansi Flick's trust and proved his importance in the Munich side. He vocally encouraged his colleagues, organised and drove them on. In the 33rd minute, he himself gave the team a well-deserved lead and followed it up with his second goal of the day shortly before the end - both goals via his head and an assist from Joshua Kimmich. "I'm doing very well in front of goal at the moment," said a satisfied Müller after the final whistle.
The 2014 World Cup winner was in the best of moods, after all, it was his third brace this season after Leipzig and Bielefeld. "Scoring goals is always fun," he said in a nutshell. While he was unmarked when he beat Ralf Fährmann to open the scoring, leaving the keeper without a chance, he had to use all his experience for his second goal on Sunday. FCB's number 25 held his own in a header battle against Matija Nastasić and then nodded the ball into the far corner. "I learned that from you," he joked as he celebrated in the direction of Robert Lewandowski.
100 percent for the team
"A goal like the second one doesn't happen to me that often. But I'm working on scoring those kind of goals more often," Müller analysed afterwards. Overall, the nine-time German champion works a lot on the pitch and had the second-largest mileage in the Schalke game after Kimmich (12.3 km), clocking over 11 km.
Müller with great numbers
Müller not only always plays, he also always delivers. On Sunday, he scored his goals number eight and nine this season. This means he has already scored more often than last season. In addition to this, he has contributed nine assists, making him the joint-best provider in the league along with Kimmich. Which is exactly why Flick does not want to do without his ever-present, just like his Dutch predecessor van Gaal.
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