Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Muller exceptionally valuable to Bayern & Germany, says Magath
Former Bayern Munich coach Felix Magath believes Goal 50 star Thomas Muller is one of the Bundesliga champions’ most valuable players and a key man in the recent rejuvenation of both his club and the Germany national sides.
Muller, who finished fifth in Goal’s annual list charting the 50 greatest footballers in the world, became a world champion with Germany in the summer to follow a season in which Bayern won the Bundesliga, the Club World Cup, the DFB-Pokal and the Uefa Super Cup.
And Magath, who is now manager at English Championship side Fulham, insists that Muller continues to prove his incredible worth to any team.
“Thomas Muller is extremely important and exceptionally valuable for a team,” Magath told Sportmasta. “He is very strong without the ball and makes it very difficult to predict what he is going to do next.
The 24-year-old netted 26 goals in 51 games for Bayern last term before bagging five more at the World Cup, including a hat-trick against Portugal. But even beyond his goalscoring exploits, Magath says Muller has so much more to his game that helps his team-mates to succeed.
“Muller does not necessarily orient himself to tactics and that is his big strength. The way he moves is clever and helps the team.
“I like players who sacrifice themselves for the team, and Thomas Muller is a fantastic team player and a great footballer.”