Thomas Muller cannot see beyond Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund fighting for the Bundesliga title this term.
The Germany international feels that other teams could enter the race for the league title as well early in the season, but added that only BVB and Bayern will be able to keep up their title challenge right until the end of the season.
“You’ll always get other teams on the pace at least for a while, but fundamentally I think Bayern and Dortmund are the two teams with the most quality and best consistency over time,” Muller was quoted as saying on the club’s official website.
The versatile attacker then looked ahead to this weekend’s Bundesliga opener against Greuther Furth, and stressed that the newly promoted side will not be pushovers.
“[It will be] a tough match. Furth are riding a wave of euphoria after gaining promotion and they’ll do whatever they can to keep a clean sheet at home.
“They’ll give it everything. They’ll run and fight, and that’s always uncomfortable. They’ll be up for it and they’ll push us all the way.”
Saturday’s encounter kicks off at 15:30CET.
Bayern Munich legend Franz Beckenbauer has stated that striker Mario Gomez will have to shape up and deliver the goods upfront if he is to spearhead the team’s attack once again.The former Stuttgart player, who is nursing an injury, had to watch from the sidelines as his deputy Mario Mandzukic netted a brace in Bayern’s 4-0 drubbing of SSV Jahn Regensburg in the German DFB Pokal on Sunday.
“Bayern is not a kindergarten, where everyone is just pampered,” he was quoted by Tz.“Everyone wants to be cherished, but first you have to prove yourself and then keep on doing so. If you do produce the goods, you will be rewarded.”
“Gomez, like everyone, will have to deal with the fact that there is competition at the club,” he concluded.
Bayern Munich open their Bundesliga campaign this Saturday away to newly-promoted Greuther Furth.
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has admitted that talks with Athletic Bilbao regarding the transfer of Javi Martinez have stagnated.
The retired striker is of the opinion that the Basques are deliberately raising obstacles to a potential deal, and the 60-year-old is hardly impressed with the Spanish club’s obstinate approach.
“It looks at the moment that the transfer will not work out because the people in Bilbao are very, very stubborn and they are doing everything possible to prevent the transfer,” he told N-TV.
“If the Athletic president was more willing to arrange a deal, he would accept €40 million rather quickly,” he continued.
Despite meeting the 23-year-old’s buy-out clause of €40 million, Bilbao have continued to resist a potential deal with Bayern even though the player himself has expressed a desire to make the switch.
“After learning that Martinez was happy to move, we felt that we could reduce our offer from €10 million per season to €8m.
“Still, it is a crazy amount. We feel we are able to do this because we feel that we have been right regarding the issues that have arisen,” he concluded.
Bayern Munich have announced that they have renewed their partnership with main sponsor Deutsche Telekom for an additional four years until the summer of 2017.
The previous deal between both parties was due to expire in 2013, but the Bavarian giants and the telecommunications firm have opted to extend their successful 10-year collaboration.
“We are delighted our long partnership with Deutsche Telekom will continue. Telekom is a very important, reliable and innovative partner, supporting us with its telecommunications expertise,” Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge commented on the deal.
“Thanks to the help provided by Telekom, Bayern are based on sound and solid financial foundations.”
Telekom will acquire additional advertising rights and services, which include social media and the new FCB News product under the terms of the new deal.
Mathias Sammer has spoken out amidst the struggles that Bayern Munich have encountered in the battle to sign long-standing target Javi Martinez from Athletic Bilbao.
Whilst the Bavarians have confirmed that they are willing to bid €40 million for the player, talks have come to a halt as the Basque native’s desire to keep hold of their prime asset begin to circulate in the media.
And Sammer has now confirmed that Bilbao are currently in control of the situation and that the move is quite some way from completion.
“There is nothing to report at the moment, we must digest a few things but the move for Martinez is down to Bilbao,” Sammer told Sky Sports News HD.
“The transfer is nowhere near being completed, we made our position clear and Bilbao must now react.”