After the departure of Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Müller saw the discussions about a center forward at German record champions Bayern Munich coming.
This was “definitely programmed”, after all, the club “have given up the most successful striker in Bundesliga history after Gerd Müller,” said the national player in an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Müller added that last summer there was “an opportunity that the club seized: that he sold Lewy in the market situation – and brought an outstanding player of the quality of Sadio Mane to FCB”. Coach Julian Nagelsmann also “maintained a game system with many variable players up front” in Leipzig.
Due to Lewandowski’s departure to FC Barcelona, he himself is in an “adjustment process, because we are now scoring different goals than before”.
Lewandowski is no longer a pass for him either, so “it can now often happen that I am the pass point, like the other day against Barcelona, who has to go into a header duel, who has to see that we can get a second ball”.
Müller: “Absolutely not enough” for our requirements
Müller does not want to allow himself a final verdict on the game without a center forward. It is still too early to evaluate the system changeover.
“So it’s still exciting, but I’m confident,” he said, but admitted that the interim result, at least in the Bundesliga, with four draws and one defeat recently, is not good. “These results are absolutely not enough for our requirements.”
Before the game in the Champions League at Viktoria Pilsen (Wednesday, 9 p.m.), Nagelsmann once again emphasized that a classic nine, as recently requested by Honorary President Uli Hoeneß, is not available.
“Regardless of whether the honorary president or anyone else comments: In the end it’s my job to get it done. The squad is good enough to compensate for that.”