Thomas Muller will hardly find any playing time at Bayern Munich in the second half of this season, Lothar Matthaus has claimed in his column for Sport Bild.
Muller, 27, has only started 16 out of a possible 24 matches during the first half of this season, and played full 90 minutes just nine times, scoring three goals across all competitions.
The Germany international had already gone through a goal drought at the Euro 2016, and Matthaus thinks there is a strong chance that Muller will be dropped down the pecking order at the Allianz Arena.
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“It won’t get any easier for Thomas Muller in the second half of the season to find his place in the starting XI,” Matthaus wrote.
“There is no real position for him in Carlo Ancelotti’s system. Arjen Robben is a stronger player on the right wing. There is no second striker in a 4-2-3-1 system, and an attacking midfielder plays behind Robert Lewandowski.”
The 1990 World Cup winner also suggested that Thiago Alcantara’s impressive form would block any chance of Muller getting first-team call up, as the Spaniard has finally begun to dictate his best form at Bayern after several knee injuries in recent years.
“I see Thiago in that position. He has played a strong first half [of the campaign], and he’s more versatile than Muller,” Matthaus stated, and also warned that Portugal international Renato Sanches will also through a stiff challenge to the versatile attacker.
Matthaus wrote: “I am convinced that Renato Sanches will win significantly more minutes in the second half of the season.”