When speaking with the media recently in Qatar, Thomas Müller said something that has upset many throughout Germany. "We have a very high level in training," Müller said. "It is often more difficult to win against our training team than perhaps against a team in the Bundesliga."
While the comments seem rather dismissive of the other teams in the Bundesliga, that's not was Thomas was doing here. In fact, all Müller was doing was boosting the profile of Bayern's "B Team". And, why not? Have you thought about separating Bayern's squad into an "A Team" and a "B Team"? They're both of ridiculous quality.
Franck Ribery - Thomas Müller - Arjen Robben
Xabi Alonso - Bastian Schweinsteiger
David Alaba - Mehdi Benatia - Jerome Boateng - Philipp Lahm
Gianluca Gaudino -Thiago Alcantara - Mario Götze
Sebastian Rode - Javi Martinez
Juan Bernat - Dante - Holger Badstuber - Rafinha
How many teams in world football, not just the Bundesliga, can put out a better starting lineup than FC Bayern's "B Team"? Ten teams? Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Manchester City are more than likely better sides than Bayern's "B Team". The only other teams that are potentially better would be Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Arsenal, and Manchester United. Of all the other teams in the entire world, that's it.
So, yes, Thomas Müller did take a shot at the rest of the Bundesliga, but he was also taking a shot at the rest of the world. The players are confident in this team to go out and perform no matter which players are on the field. They demand greatness and know that it's only achievable playing day in and day out against other extremely talented players.