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Müller refuses to complain about bench role: "Today's football is too soft for me"

By Rune Gjerulff   @runegjerulff

Thomas Müller is not complaining about his role on the bench at Bayern, saying he thinks today's football is too soft.
Thomas Müller.
Thomas Müller.Photo: Steffen Prößdorf, CC BY-SA 4.0
Thomas Müller has spoken out about his struggles to secure a starting place for Bayern Munich this season.

The 34-year-old has found himself on the bench more than he's been used to under Thomas Tuchel this season.

But although he would like to play more, he accepts the coach's decision and continues to work hard to force his way into the starting lineup.

"Here at FC Bayern, we are at the top of the football food chain. There's no room for 'he doesn't take the coach's decision well'," Muller told Sport Bild.

"I have to be honest and say that today's football is sometimes too soft for me. Toughness has its charm. It doesn't have to be inhumane, but coaches should be allowed to show a certain level of toughness with their players. As a player, you have to be able to put up with that or you won't get far," he continued.

"We have great attacking players at FC Bayern, the competition is big. I think I've shown this season that I can still provide the decisive spark and bring a different type of player to our attacking line.

"I want to build on the two games before Christmas and then we'll see. But the fact is that no matter what the coach decides game by game, every little thing at FC Bayern will be questioned from the outside anyway," Müller stated.

Müller has scored two goals and provided seven assists in 20 matches for Bayern this season. He has been in the starting lineup nine times.

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