Bundesliga | “Thomas Müller is like an assistant coach”
Bayern Munich and Germany forward Thomas Müller is more than just a world-class footballer, according to Kai Havertz.
“Radio Müller” – as former Bayern assistant coach Hermann Gerland called it – can be heard loud and clear, both on the pitch and in the first two UEFA Euro 2020 group matches against the France and Portugal, or on the sidelines while it was for the first 66 minutes of their decisive 2-2 draw against Hungary.
Havertz, who started all three matches for Germany en route to Tuesday’s round of 16 against England, welcomes the additional coach in the 22-year-old’s first major final at senior level.
“Thomas Müller is like a third assistant manager,” the former Bayer Leverkusen forward and winner of Chelsea’s match in the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League told media.
“He helps a lot of players and his communication on the pitch is very important. Playing with him is a lot of fun.”
Müller isn’t just one of the loudest members of head coach Joachim Löw’s team. He is also one of the most experienced.
After fully recovering from the knee issue that limited his involvement as Germany twice returned to draw Hungary for second place in Group F, the 10-time Bundesliga winner is hoping to win his 106th senior selection against England at Wembley Stadium. .
“If that was a problem I wouldn’t have trained,” Muller said from the German training base in Herzogenaurauch, Bavaria.
“The injury is not holding me back and I have enough experience to deal with it. I am confident it will not be a problem for Tuesday.”
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Müller has scored 39 goals and 37 assists in 105 appearances for Germany so far, but has yet to score in 14 appearances on three euros.
“It would be nice to score on Tuesday, but the most important thing for me is that we pass,” he said with a characteristic smile.
“Personally, I have a good experience playing at Wembley Stadium, where I won the Champions League final there in 2013.”
Müller will also have fond memories of playing England. The eponym “Raumdeuter“(space performer) scored two points and assisted another as Die Mannschaft won a 4-1 victory over the Three Lions in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in the last 16.
Although a young Germany finished third after beating Uruguay 3-2 in the third-place play-off, Müller won the Golden Boot with five goals and three assists. He was the second-best scorer four years later as Löw’s side went the distance.
Müller was too hot for England at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. – Mary EvansxAllstarxRichard Sellers via www.imago-images.de/imago images / Mary Evans
When Germany won their third Euro in 1996, beating England on penalties in the last four, Müller was only six years old.
“It was the first tournament I was really aware of, but even then it was a close result,” he recalls.
“We won against England in 2010 – it has nothing to do with Tuesday, but it might give some of you a good feeling.
“We were hoping to play better against Hungary, but now it’s a knockout game. Our success depends on our collaboration, but it’s one of the strengths of the German team. We look forward to it. . “