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Jupp Heynckes praises Thomas Muller following Bayern Munich’s win over Celtic

Heynckes is loving his captain’s performances thus far.

FC Bayern Muenchen v Sport-Club Freiburg - Bundesliga Photo by Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images

Bayern Munich’s convincing 3-0 win over Celtic in the Champions League made it two wins out of two under Jupp Heynckes, and they look to be a completely rejuvenated side. Speaking in the post-Celtic press conference (via ESPN FC), Heynckes had plenty of praise for Thomas Muller, who’s retained the captain’s armband for Bayern in the bosses first two matches in charge:

Thomas played relatively well on Saturday [against Freiburg], but tonight I thought he had a very good game [against Celtic] — not only because of his goal. He was everywhere tonight, working hard to track back and plug gaps. To a large extent, I saw the Thomas Muller that I know. It's imperative that the established players set the tone. He's the captain and it's very pleasing.

Muller scored Bayern’s first goal against Celtic and he came so close to grabbing a second shortly before stoppage time at the end of the match, but was denied by a fine piece of goalkeeping from Celtic’s Craig Gordon. In addition to his attacking prowess against the Scottish champions, Muller was also recorded as covering the most distance during the match for Bayern, an often times overlooked statistic that he usually tops week in and week out.

Also, Muller reached a milestone with his goal against Celtic:

In typical Heynckes fashion, though, the boss still made it clear that he wants a lot more from his players and that the squad has a lot of work to do on the training ground:

The team played well for long periods but we didn't convert many of our chances and also we allowed too many opportunities defensively too. We were careless. We will have to speak about this and it is something we have to eradicate. We have to be alert and concentrate from the first minute to the last. Sven Ulreich has again had to pull off many fine saves. And this simply shouldn't be happening to a team like us

Next up for Bayern is a trip to Hamburg in the late Bundesliga kickoff on Saturday, giving the squad two and half days of recovery. If Bayern take care of business at Volksparkstadion and Borussia Dortmund drop points in Frankfurt, Bayern could retake the top spot in the Bundesliga table.

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