Mueller: Bayern Want to Win Everything
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.”