Dropping from 32 goals to just nine from one season to another, can be no casual thing. Thomas Muller was absolutely lethal in front of goal in Pep Guardiola’s last season at Bayern Munich, but last year, under Carlo Ancelotti, he struggled for form, goals, and eventually, game time.
The Germany international started the game against Bayer Leverkusen on the opening day of this season’s Bundesliga, but he was the first to get substituted, and against Werder Bremen he wasn’t sent in before the 73rd minute.
I don’t know exactly which qualities the coach wants to see, but mine seem not to be 100 percent in demand
Muller told ARD-Horfunk after Bayern’s 2-0 win at Werder, with Robert Lewandowski having scored both goals.
We tried to plan the game using the wide areas more and to have more possession in the middle. For this reason, Thomas didn’t start the game. He went in during the second part of the game and did well. It was only a technical decision
Ancelotti said in the Press conference after the match, explaining Muller’s omission from the starting 11.
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic was asked as well about the Germany international, and he had a rather diplomatic answer.
We have many games this season and know what we have in Thomas
was his comment, keeping even distances from Muller and Ancelotti.