Bayern Munich midfielder, Thomas Müller has said he is playing his best ever football under coach Hansi Flick.
Muller had struggled to get into the starting line up under sacked coach, Niko Kovac. But the 30-year-old, who came through Bayern Munich’s academy said there is more still to come from the 2020 treble-winning vintage.
Bayern completed their historic treble after beating Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in the UEFA Champions League final earlier this month, having won the Bundesliga and the German Cup earlier.
The only goal of the encounter came from the head of Kingsley Coman. But en route their treble, Müller had a hand in 14 goals and 26 assists in all competitions for the Bavarians.
He also set a new record in the Bundesliga with 21 assists. The holder of the Bundesliga all-time single-season record is Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, who managed 19 for Wolfsburg in the 2014/15 campaign.
Thomas Muller happy over Flick’s impact at Bayern
Although he was benched by Kovac at the start of the season, Müller said he is grateful for the impact Flick, has had.
“Hansi Flick’s a person who not only finds the right words when speaking, but also hits the right tone that captures the players’ imagination.
“He doesn’t just rely on his rhetoric though; it’s also combined with a tactical concept. What can I say? We get on really well with him!,” Müller explained to SportBild.
Müller was also among the treble-winning squad in 2013. During that season, he scored 23 goals and assisted 17 in all competitions. He however insisted that the 2019/20 version was superior.
“I’ve had my most dominant role since playing for Bayern. For my first treble I was still in my younger years. But for a leadership role like the one I’ve been allowed recently, it’s important for the coach to show his trust in you. Hansi Flick did that. The rest is history. What he’s done with the team over the last 10 months is incredible,” he added.
Müller had started in both 2013 and 2019 Champions League final. The Bavarians won the all-Bundesliga affair in London, beating Borussia Dortmund 2-1 thanks to Arjen Robben’s 89th-minute winner. The present Bayern players in the squad include Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, David Alaba, and Javi Martinez.
Müller further stated that the team’s skipper, Neuer in particular could also be playing his best ever football.
Speaking on 2020 final in Lisbon, the German said Kylian Mbappe and Neymar showed how dangerous they can be but the Germany number one was able to contain them.
“They found the master in the way in Manu. He confirmed himself as a world-class goalkeeper once again. He’s always there in important games and absolutely deserves the praise.”