Bayern assistant coaches Dino Toppmöller and Xaver Zembrod have praised veteran Thomas Müller in tones.
“Thomas is a mega intelligent player who can read the game super well,” said the two Nagelsmann assistants in the FC Bayern Munich podcast.
Müller is the perfect assistant coach replacement should a position be vacant at the German record champions. Hermann Gerland, long-time assistant coach of Bayer, once gave his protégé the nickname “Radio Müller”.
This makes it clear what role the offensive player plays at Bayern. Müller is already the extended arm of the coaching team on the field. Above all, “incredibly quick comprehension” would benefit him.
In contrast, the 32-year-old did not see his own role as a loudspeaker and leading figure on the pitch as being as big as it is made in the media. “That is an overinterpretation. I do not see myself as an assistant coach on the field,” positive Müller at a Bavarian press conference with sponsor Paulaner a few weeks ago.
It is true that the more experienced players are particularly important for exchanging information with the coach regarding possible adjustments in the course of a game. But: “We do what he tells us. That’s what a coach is for. It’s not that we players determine the tactics. It’s important that it comes from outside, from someone who is with you day and night Team leadership busy. “