Muller: Top players don’t guarantee success

Thomas Muller

FC Bayern München stalwart Thomas Muller says he cannot wait for the new Bundesliga season to kick off, and has given his insight into what sets his club apart.

Heading into the final week before pre-season preparations begin at the Allianz Arena, Muller spoke with German newspaper Bild about his excitement over meeting his new team-mates, especially former TSG 1899 Hoffenheim midfielder Sebastian Rudy.

"We've signed some great lads who bring a lot of potential with them," the 27-year old stated.

"Just look at Germany's starting XI against Chile – Sebastian Rudy was so cool and comfortable on the ball. You need people like him for games when the stakes are high."

The Bavarian giants wasted little time in strengthening their squad during the off-season; while many teams are still negotiating their first transfers, Bayern have already finalised the acquisitions of Rudy, Serge Gnabry, Niklas Sule and Corentin Tolisso.

However, Muller made the point that there is more to the club's remarkable run of five consecutive league title triumphs than simply opening the checkbook.

"There are many teams who are just a collection of world-class players, but they don't succeed in playing as a unit on the field," the Germany international explained.

"In football, you need to have a world-class team if you want to win titles."