Bayer Leverkusen were made to pay at Bay Arena as Bayern Munich opened a seven-point lead over Borussia Dortmund and the chasing pack at the top of Bundesliga.
Bayern Munich were in disarray under Niko Kovac. A Luka Jovic less Eintracht Frankfurt shredded them to pieces in their 5-1 win.
It was the last gasp and signaled end of the Croatian’s regime. Hansi Flick was promoted to first team manager on an ad-hoc basis. He turned around the side in a week as Borussia Dortmund were dismantled 4-0 in his first game.
The Bavarians have not looked back since. From moving out of top-four places to a commanding lead going into the final four fixtures, the transformation is complete.
Bayern’s resurgence under Hansi Flick has been impressive. Robert Lewandowski has taken all the plaudits thanks to his impressive goal haul.
Alphonso Davies has also been hailed for his performances at left-back. Thiago Alcantara’s absence is always noted. And Joshua Kimmich deserves the accolades thrown his way.
All this while, Thomas Muller does not enter the discussion until the very end. He is one of the first names on the team sheet but is not seen that important.
Out of the shadows
After struggling for first team minutes under Niko Kovac, Thomas Muller is back in contention for starting games. His relationship with Hansi Flick has helped him soar to new heights and the former Germany national team assistant coach is reaping the benefits.
Muller is scoring goals and laying down assists. Breaking records that stand in his way. In the 2019/20 Bundesliga campaign, Muller has 7 goals and 20 assists to his name.
His assist tally is the most ever and there are still four games to play. The 2014 World Cup winner will miss their next game due to suspension but should surely add to his growing reputation.
It makes one wonder why Muller is not seen as a world class player? Why is he so underrated? And why was he on the brink of a move away a season ago?
These are difficult questions to answer. The simple explanation is that Bayern Munich have always had world class players. From Robben, Ribery, Lewandowski to Neuer, the conversation does not come to those with them.
But one thing is for certain, in the midst of greatness, he has made a name for himself. Muller has overcome adversity and is a force to reckon with.