There is a reason why I was able to stay at Bayern Munich for 23 years. Thomas Müller showed his class and gave new head coach Thomas Tuchel his first win.
Munich won 4-2 against Borussia Dortmund in the 26th round of the German Bundesliga in the 2022-23 season held at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany at 1:30 am (Korean time) on the 2nd. Munich pushed Dortmund (53 points), which was in first place, and rose to the top of the league (55 points).
It was a ‘six-point match’. Munich even took out a superpower called ‘replacement of the manager’ and burned its will to regain first place. If Dortmund had just won here, they could have widened the gap with Munich and tried to win the championship for the first time in 11 years.
The match ended unexpectedly. Goalkeeper Gregor Kobel’s mistake was too fatal. In the 12th minute of the first half, Kobell tried to kick Dayo Upamecano’s long pass and missed it, and the ball went straight into the goal. Dortmund, who showed good momentum at the beginning of the first half, collapsed in a ‘one shot’.
After that, it was a festival in Munich. The main character was definitely Müller. In the 17th minute of the first half, in a corner kick situation, Muller widened the score by returning Matthiis de Ligt’s header to his thigh with surprising positioning. In the 22nd minute of the first half, Leroy Sane’s mid-range shot was cleared by the goalkeeper, and he rushed quickly to score an additional goal. As a result, the game was decided at this moment.
Muller’s true value came in the 4th minute of the second half. Sane sent a sharp through pass from the left penalty box to the other side. At this point, Müller gestured to him for the ball and drew his opposing defender towards himself. And when Sane passed the pass, Muller, who knew that Kingsley Komang was penetrating from the other side, let the ball flow as it was, completing Munich’s key goal.토토사이트
This is why he has survived as the core so far in Munich. Müller is not a player with exceptional skills in any one area, but rather a player with excellent football intelligence who can use his above-average talent to a great extent. In particular, his amazing understanding of space and utilization of colleagues enough to call himself a ‘space performer (Raumdeuter)’ were decisive factors that enabled Müller to play an active role in Munich and Germany’s heyday.
The above scene is the same. Müller knows better than anyone that space is created through his opponent’s reactions to his own moves.
This time, he added a ‘variation’ to the movement he likes to use most when penetrating. Müller moved into the center, created enough space for Sane’s pass, and then ‘leaved’ his ball, turning his opponent into a scarecrow. It was a play he would never have come out with without grasping and believing in his teammates’ movements.
Müller joined Munich’s youth team in 2000 and held that position for 23 years. And he always proved with his skills why he should stay in Munich. On this day, Müller showed his true value several times, and showed that he could function as a core even under coach Tuchel through multi-goal and ‘shedding’.