The evergreen forward stated that his side has not been at the same level as the treble-winning team from last season.
Thomas Muller has stated that Bayern is being pushed as hard as ever after the league leaders have not been up to the incredibly high standards set of the treble-winning team from last season.
Manager Hansi Flick led the Bavarians to another treble-winning campaign, their second in eight years after they defeated Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League final in August. Last season Bayern won the league title after finishing 14 points clear of Borussia Dortmund while winning the DFB-Pokal as well.
However for whatever reason, Bayern has not been the same dominating force that they were last season, having already tasted defeat twice this campaign. The shock loss to Holstein Kiel in the second round of the DFB-Pokal was a sign that perhaps the standards have just tapered off a little.
Bayern is still dominating Europe having sealed their passage through to the round of 16 where they will face off against Lazio in February. While they have a date with the Club World Cup to look forward to as well.
— Thomas Müller (@esmuellert_) January 30, 2021
After their 4-1 over Hoffenheim, Bayern maintained their seven point lead at the top of the Bundesliga however Muller has stated that the side has not been happy with their performances so far this season. Muller, who managed to score his 13th goal of the season against Hoffenheim, spoke with Kicker after the match.
“The ease from the previous season has faded a little. We couldn’t quite take the magic from the summer into the new season.
“In November and December, we had many close results with an unusually high number of goals conceded. It takes a lot more to be at the top in the Bundesliga.”
The forward went on to say that there is a certain pressure that comes from playing with the biggest club in Germany.
“The public and the whole league are thirsting for Bayern to finally be thrown from the throne. You are constantly under observation, there is always a magnifying glass on it.
“Every single player has to show himself and the outside world that he can go this level.”
The forwards playing future is also the subject of discussion with his current deal set to expire in 2023, however, Muller is remaining relaxed over his future.
“I’ll leave that completely open. Currently, it’s really fun and I’m as fit as a gym shoe,” said Muller. “My game currently feels good. It is less prone to errors than it was ten years ago.
“Technically, I am more technically savvy today and in any case a more complete footballer than I was then.”