Thomas muller did not like to comment on his unsatisfactory role as benchwarmer. Nothing useful comes out of it anyway, said the national player after he experienced a novelty against hertha BSC since his rise to bayern stardom.
For the first time since may 2009, the 29-year-old has only been a reserve in four consecutive games for the german fubball record champions.
Ten years ago, muller was still a junior player before louis van gaal made him an unrestricted regular with the legendary maxim "muller always plays. It has not become a "muller never plays" for a long time, but currently he is just a joker-muller.
"It’s clear that he’s not happy if he doesn’t play from the start". But there are always phases like this," said sporting director hasan salihamidzic. "But there are also other phases, so you have to fight, dig in and then it will be back again."Despite his career with so many highs, the co-captain also knows such annoying times. He experienced this under pep guardiola or carlo ancelotti, who often did without the world champion of 2014 in important games.
Under niko kovac, muller was usually a permanent fixture in the starting eleven in the first half of the season. When he was not and only came as a substitute, it resulted in the "more than 70 minutes until he has a flash of inspiration" post of his wife lisa towards kovac.
Of course, that didn’t influence the coach’s lineup calculations, but muller’s red card in the champions league against ajax amsterdam did. Since kovac had to find his formation for the champions league clash against liverpool without the suspended muller, james was used as the first option in the midfield center – and convinced. "James has done well in the last few games on the 10," praised salihamidzic. The colombian, who was signed permanently from real madrid after two years on loan, had previously disagreed with his playing time.
Kovac does not like the questions about the respective reservists. "It’s really madness, it’s always the same thing. We’re going around in circles," said the 47-year-old, slightly annoyed. "Thomas is doing well in training, just like everyone else. But that’s just FC bayern munchen. We have 20 great players, everyone can play."Those who have been playing lately," the coach said after the hertha game, "certainly had an advantage".
Unlike rafinha, for example, showpiece bayer muller has so far not openly grumbled about the reserve existence that also plagues renato sanches, alphonso davies or sometimes jerôme boateng. Muller, who in six post-world cup appearances has only been in the starting eleven twice, could see the personnel shortage on the wing help him get more playing time in the coming weeks.
Kingsley coman is injured again, arjen robben still. Although muller is not a classic aubenbahn player, he has often played in this non-favorite position.
At least it’s perfect on other terrain. Thanks to don jupp, the three-year-old stallion of him and claudio pizarro. The galloper, apparently named after muller’s ex-coach jupp heynckes, won a mile race in kempton, england, a good two weeks ago in superior style.