The 27-year old forward, who came up through the Bayern Munich youth academy and made his Bundesliga debut in 2008, has been one of the club’s most prized assets – scoring a total of 161 goals and registering 133 assists in 398 games.
However, after an underwhelming 2016/17 Bundesliga campaign which saw him fail to score in 999 minutes and a subsequent call from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge for the player to lift his game, Muller would be feeling no small amount of pressure to make a bigger impact this season.
It is understandable then, that after only appearing as a 73rd-minute substitute in Bayern’s 2-0 win over Werder Bremen on Saturday, Muller would be questioning his value to a team which he has helped to six consecutive Bundesliga titles.
“I don’t know exactly which qualities the coach wants to see,” Muller told ARD. “But mine seems not to be 100 percent in demand.”
Ancelotti did clarify, however, that the decision to include Thiago Alcantara at Muller’s expense was motivated by tactics, and not form.
“We tried to play the game using the wide areas more and to have more possession in the middle,” he told reporters. “For this reason, Thomas didn’t start the game.
“He went in during the second part of the game and did well. It was only a technical decision.”