Bayern Munich midfielder Thomas Muller believes that sacked manager Carlo Ancelotti is not the one to blame for their poor start of the season. The Bavarian giants decided to sack manager their then Ancelotti after the Bundesliga leaders were thrashed 4-0 by PSG thanks to the explosive trio of Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani at the Parc des Princes in France. The 25-year-old was speaking to reporters at an automobile event where he cleared the fact that Bayern’s recent struggles are caused by the team that stands on the pitch.

“A big part of this [their recent struggles] is caused by the team that stands on the pitch and does not perform like people expect it to,” Muller told reporters at an Audi event. When asked about the former Bayern Munich manager, the German midfielder said that it’s important to be realistic about the decision made by the club board and he further rubbished reports of Carlo being a scapegoat. “We must be realistic about this and not be of the opinion that Carlo Ancelotti was a scapegoat,” the midfielder said in a statement. Bayern’s search for new manager came to a conclusion with the appointment of Jupp Heynckes, who is no stranger to the Bavarian fans.

Albeit the club has hired a veteran manager like Heynckes, Muller has already made it clear that changes will not happen in the Allianze Arena overnight. “We should be very careful about setting targets which we can throw into the bin afterward again,” he said, the World Cup winner for Germany was quoted as saying. “We won’t suddenly play football from another galaxy. There will, of course, be matches where people see us and be very critical,” he added.

First Published | 12 October 2017 1:56 PM
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