Mueller: Bay­ern Want to Win Ev­ery­thing

The Economic Times - - Sports: The Great Games - Rahul Bali

Thomas Mueller has wel­comed the ar­rival of James Ro­driguez and Corentin Tolisso at Bay­ern Mu­nich as the Ger­man giants seek to “win ev­ery­thing” in 2017-18. Since the close of an­other Bun­desliga-win­ning sea­son, coach Carlo Ancelotti has moved to fur­ther bol­ster his ranks with the duo.

Mueller en­dured an un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally quiet cam­paign in 201617, with his in­flu­ence at the Al­lianz Arena ques­tioned at times.

The World Cup win­ner now faces added com­pe­ti­tion for places, but con­cedes that ex­tra qual­ity is use­ful when chas­ing down ma­jor hon­ours and in­sists he has no qualms over the role he will play. “It doesn’t mat­ter to me if I’m the goalscorer or the play­maker. I want to help the team but I think the ex­pec­ta­tions are very high. So I need to score goals so that peo­ple are sat­is­fied.

“Nor­mal­lyBay­ern­want­towin­ev­ery­thing­we­play.Soit’sno­tabout ti­tles in the fu­ture but it’s all about be­ing the best in every game and ev­ery­train­ingses­sio­n­an­de­v­erycompe­ti­tion. We want to win ev­ery­thing.”

Colom­bian play­maker James has ar­rived on an ini­tial two-year loan from RealMadrid­whileFran­cein­ter­na­tional Tolisso has joined from Lyon. Mueller has been im­pressed by what he has seen from both new ar­rivals and in­sists that he views as the duo as col­leagues, rather than com­peti­tors for a start­ing berth.

“It’s al­ways some­thing in be­tween. I think both play­ers are very good. They are both good char­ac­ters. We’ve spent the last week to­gether so we can look out for each other and have fun. On the pitch, they are both very im­por­tant and have good qual­i­ties. They show it in every train­ing ses­sion. So it’s more play to­gether than a com­pe­ti­tion with each other.”

Mueller­hasal­so­had­hissay­on­there­centspate­ofde­par­tures­from Europe to China. The riches on of­fer in the Chi­nese Su­per League have tempted many into mak­ing a move to Asia, with Koln striker An­thony Modeste among the most re­cent. Mueller has of­fered no in­di­ca­tion that he in­tends to tread a sim­i­lar path at some stage in the fu­ture, but ad­mits that many of those at­tract­ing in­ter­est face some tough ca­reer choices. “It is a dif­fi­cult po­si­tion for us play­ers be­cause­first,toplay­foot­bal­lisour­pro­fes­sion.Soweearnour­money with that but also you’ve to think about the best com­pe­ti­tions are in Europe. You have to de­cide.”

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