Muller impressed by ‘superb’ Heynckes

FC Bayern München forward Thomas Muller has praised the managerial style of Jupp Heynckes, stating that his intensity helps get the best out of the squad.

The 72-year-old took over the reins in October last year, following the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti, and has since led Die Roten in 27 games across all competitions. During that time Heynckes won 25 games, losing one and drawing one.

Muller has been thoroughly impressed by the veteran manager’s approach to the job and is relishing the opportunity to play under him. However, Heynckes is unlikely to continue past the current season.

“What makes [Heynckes] special is his intensity, how he talks to us and what he demands from us,” Muller told Omnisport.

“He has got a superb manner – if I can compare it with the muscles: [he can have either] tension and relaxation. He can demand something from us but simultaneously fool around, tell funny jokes and laugh with us.

“He gives us freedom but, on the playing field, he demands absolute discipline and absolute motivation from us. He does this with an intensity which is quite impressive.

“If I only think of his speeches ahead of the Bundesliga matches, with this huge gap between us and the second he could say to us, ‘I will just write the names of the starting XI on the board and then we start to play’.

“But he is demanding of us in all of his speeches. You have to give him credit for this. Our team absorbs this very well. You get the feeling that the team have come to terms with his management style.”