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I Am Not A Striker – Muller

Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller has told Sport Bild he does not “enjoy being classed” as a striker and sees himself “as a mix between a midfielder and a striker.”

Muller, 28, has only scored a single Bundesliga goal this season, ending his scoring drought in the league after 999 minutes with a strike in Bayern’s 5-0 win against Wolfsburg last month. He also failed to score for Germany at Euro 2016.

Bayern legend Lothar Matthaus recently expressed his doubt over whether there is a spot for Muller in Carlo Ancelotti’s attacking 4-2-3-1 system.

However, Muller said: “You can interpret that differently. Actually, in this system, I’ve always played in the position behind the striker.

“I also don’t enjoy being classed as a striker — I don’t see myself as one. I like to be active in space in behind the opposition’s midfield. That’s where I can hurt the opponent most of all.”

Asked what he considers his position to be, Muller said: “I’m a mix between a striker and a midfielder. Ideally, I’d like to be classed as a goal scorer soon too.”

Despite ending his goal drought against Wolfsburg last month, the Germany international was dropped to the bench for Bayern’s next home game — a 3-0 win over title challengers RB Leipzig.

“Personally, the last game against Leipzig didn’t go to plan for me as I didn’t play,” Muller said. “I could have had fun in that game as there was much more space than in previous games. Naturally, I’m not sitting on the bench with a grin on my face.”

However, Muller was philosophical about being on the Bayern substitutes’ bench.

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“Situations will arise when players will have to sit out big, important games,” he said. “But we have to deal with that as a team. Team spirit is paramount — each of our own egos has to take a back seat. That applies to me as well as everyone else.”

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