Ancelotti heaps praise on Muller

FC Bayern München head coach Carlo Ancelotti hailed a “very intelligent” Thomas Muller after the forward played a key role in the club’s come-from-behind victory over 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Friday.

The Bavarians fell behind after just four minutes of play, Jhon Cordoba netting the all-important goal for the hosts.

However, Ancelotti’s side responded magnificently, with Robert Lewandowski scoring either side of Arjen Robben’s 21st-minute goal to secure a 3-1 victory at Opel Arena.

While Muller did not manage to get his name on the scoresheet on the night, he played a hugely influential role with his intelligent link-up play and decisive runs.

“Muller played well,” Ancelotti told reporters. “I’ve always said he’s a very intelligent player, who can play in any number of number of positions up front.

“Muller changed his position, but I am happy with all the forwards, in the first half, they showed good combinations together.

“It was a difficult game, but it’s a good result. It was important to win here, we played against a difficult team and it’s always hard to win in Mainz.”

He added: “It was a tough game, but we’ve got a good result out of it, and that was really important for us.

“We did well going forward in the first half, then Mainz upped the pressure in the second half and it got more difficult.”

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