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Motivator, goalscorer, phenom - Müller outstanding in all areas

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Mr Reliable was at it again as Thomas Müller once more delivered an outstanding display in Bayern's game against RB Leipzig and continued his superb form of recent weeks. The No.25 played a key part in the 3-2 victory in front of 10,000 fans at the Allianz Arena and also produced yet more top figures. We've got more on those and other remarkable numbers from the game.

It keeps on müllering

Müller almost had a brace when his powerful header from Serge Gnabry's cross looked to have put Bayern 2-1 up on 37 minutes. However, the goal was disallowed on review due to a foul by Robert Lewandowski in the build-up. "I felt the way Horst Hrubesch tells it," Müller said with a wink after the match in reference to one of German football's finest headers. Still, anyone with the 32-year-old in their team right now can be confident. Müller scored the crucial opening goal for the fourth time in the Bundesliga this season when he tapped home a rebound on 12 minutes.

Müller the phenom

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Bayern’s No.25 has had a direct hand in 28 goals this season – much to the enjoyment of his team.

The Bavarian has had a direct hand in a goal in each of the last six Bundesliga games, scoring three and setting up five. His 16 assists -- to go with seven goals -- still has him on course for a new Bundesliga record, while Lewandowski with 37 is the only player in the German top flight with more goal contributions across all competitions this season than Müller (28; 10 goals, 18 assists). Watching the veteran now, you see a player who pushes his teammates in every training session and game, motivates them and leads with his performances -- just like he did again against Leipzig. "Both teams showed an attractive game. We're pleased about an important three points," Müller said.

Lucky number 68

The record champions seem to have a new favourite number at the moment with 68 . Still with Müller, the fan favourite has created 68 chances so far this season -- more than any other player in the Bundesliga. His team have also scored in 68 consecutive Bundesliga matches to extend their division record. FCB have notched an incredible 209 goals during that historic run. The own goal that Gnabry forced from Leipzig's Josko Gvardiol was also Bayern's 68th of this Bundesliga campaign. Never before had a team scored more than 61 from the first 21 matchdays.

Lewandowski on record course again

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Müller could still surpass Oliver Kahn in one category this season, while Lewandowski is on the hunt for his next scoring record.

There was more good news as the world's best player, Lewandowski, brought up his 24th goal of the Bundesliga campaign when he made it 2-1. It means the striker is one goal behind his total from this same stage last term, when he went on to break the single-season scoring record with 41. 2021/22 has the potential to be even more historic for him.

One record has already tumbled, though, as captain Manuel Neuer brought up the 310th win of his Bundesliga career to draw level with current CEO Oliver Kahn at the top of that standing. Nobody has more victories in the German top flight than these two goalkeeping greats. But Müller isn't far behind, now on 296 wins of his own.

Read more about Neuer's latest record here: