Muller demanding success beyond Guardiola reign

The German international hopes Bayern Munich will continue to dominate when the Catalan coach eventually leaves the club


Thomas Muller believes Bayern Munich’s current Bundesliga dominance does not mean the club will be void of criticism if they fail to replicate their performances when Pep Guardiola eventually leaves the Bavarian club.

The Germany attacker admits he is a fan of the team’s style of play under their Spanish coach, with Bayern already eight points clear at the summit after 14 matches.

Guardiola has frequently been linked to Manchester City when his contract expires at the end of the season and Muller, 26, hopes the team will continue to capitalise on their supremacy if the former Barcelona coach does exit the Allianz Arena.


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“At the moment it just feels great. We have lots of fun in the team, but as well with the coaching staff and the coach,” he said.

“If we would watch our games after we played them, it probably would be nice watching it.

“Of course you look at some parts, but you don’t watch the whole 90 minutes again. It is fun on the pitch. It is fun with our fans.

“I can understand if Pep sees it similar. But at a club like FC Bayern that won’t help us afterwards, if we can’t go on like this without him [we’ll be criticised].

“[If our form dips] in two months, you journalists won’t stand in front of me and say: ‘I liked your style of playing and because of that I won’t ask critical questions.'”

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini remains under pressure to secure silverware at the Etihad Stadium despite signing a contract extension until 2017 in August.
 

Muller demanding success beyond Guardiola reig

The German international hopes Bayern Munich will continue to dominate when the Catalan coach eventually leaves the club


Thomas Muller believes Bayern Munich’s current Bundesliga dominance does not mean the club will be void of criticism if they fail to replicate their performances when Pep Guardiola eventually leaves the Bavarian club.

The Germany attacker admits he is a fan of the team’s style of play under their Spanish coach, with Bayern already eight points clear at the summit after 14 matches.

Guardiola has frequently been linked to Manchester City when his contract expires at the end of the season and Muller, 26, hopes the team will continue to capitalise on their supremacy if the former Barcelona coach does exit the Allianz Arena.


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“At the moment it just feels great. We have lots of fun in the team, but as well with the coaching staff and the coach,” he said.

“If we would watch our games after we played them, it probably would be nice watching it.

“Of course you look at some parts, but you don’t watch the whole 90 minutes again. It is fun on the pitch. It is fun with our fans.

“I can understand if Pep sees it similar. But at a club like FC Bayern that won’t help us afterwards, if we can’t go on like this without him [we’ll be criticised].

“[If our form dips] in two months, you journalists won’t stand in front of me and say: ‘I liked your style of playing and because of that I won’t ask critical questions.'”

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini remains under pressure to secure silverware at the Etihad Stadium despite signing a contract extension until 2017 in August.
 

Juventus have a strong team, but Bayern's is even better – Vidal

The 28-year-old swapped Italy for Germany in the summer and is grateful that he’s now playing with “the best players in the world” in Munich


Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal has no regrets about leaving Juventus in the summer, thanking God that he now plays for “better” side.

The Chilean international helped Juve to the league and cup double last season, while they were also beaten finalists in the Champions League.

However, that success didn’t prevent a player exodus, with Vidal departing the Italian club along with Carlos Tevez, Andea Pirlo and Kingsley Coman.

“Many things changed in my life – I was very happy at Juventus, but I’m feeling home here [in Munich],” Vidal said.


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“I thank God that I’m here and I hope I will win important trophies with Bayern.

“Juve have a strong team, but Bayern’s is even better – the best players in the world are playing here in Munich.

“I hope I am able to help the team.”

Vidal was recently named as the seventh best player in the world in 2015 in the Goal 50, which was won by Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

The midfielder was delighted to feature so highly up the list.

He said: “I’m very happy, to be part of the best 50 players in the world. Many thanks for this award and many thanks to all my supporters.”
 

'Emotional' Ribery back in Bayern training

The France international rejoined his team-mates in practice after spending nine months on the sidelines with an ankle injury, and admitted he was happy to be back


Franck Ribery admits it was “very emotional” to make his long-awaited return to Bayern Munich team training on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old took part in team drills, sprint exercises and shooting practice after spending nine months on the sidelines with a persistent ankle problem sustained against Shakhtar Donetsk in March.

“It’s a great day for me, very emotional,” he told FCBTV.

“It was my first really long injury, it was a serious situation for me. But that’s football, that’s life.

“It’s important that you keep your head up and work hard. Now I’m back in the team. It’s a good feeling.

“The whole team was happy for me. It was fun.”

Ribery had initially set a target of December 12 to make his return to first-team action, when Ingolstadt visit the Allianz Arena.

Bayern chief executive officer Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said earlier this week that Ribery’s “ordeal was over” and that the club had full confidence he was on track to return on schedule.

Coman not afraid of Ribery comeback

The French international is loving life at Bayern Munich and does not fear the imminent return of his compatriot from an injury


Bayern Munich attacker Kingsley Coman has insisted he does not fear the return of Franck Ribery and is keen to learn from his compatriot.

Coman has developed into a key figure at the Bavarian giants since joining from Juventus ahead of the 2015-16 campaign, but he will soon face stiff competition from Ribery for a place in the starting XI.

The 32-year-old has yet to feature for Bayern this season due to an ankle injury, but is set to resume squad training.


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“Of course I am looking forward to his return. The more options we have, the better it is for the team. Franck is on the right track and he’ll be back in full team training in the next few days,” Coman told the official Bundesliga website.

“We may play in the same position but I don’t see him as a rival for a place in the side; I see him as an example. I can learn a great deal from him because he’s got so much experience.

“My confidence is growing with every game I play. I can play to my potential. I’m not afraid of failing, or that I might get substituted off if I try something in a match and it doesn’t come off. That’s just not the case.

“The coach puts his trust in me and I can tell my team-mates trust me too. They’re finding me much better out on the pitch. I feel really good here.”

The 19-year-old has made 15 appearances in all competitions for Bayern so far, scoring four goals.