It’s been approximately nine months since Joachim Löw made the surprise decision to drop Müller, Mats Hummels, and Jerome Boateng from the national team. That decision was met with a lot of scrutiny. Germany officially clinched their place in this summer’s European Championships, but was drawn into Group F along with powerhouses France and Portugal. If Müller were in the squad for the tournament, Magath argues that he would provide the necessary experience against such difficult opponents:
What I can say is this: there is still a lot of time until the Euros. And Müller – like Mats Hummels – has been an important part of the national team for years. I’m certain that, with his skills and his experience, Müller could make a positive impact and help at the Euros.
Magath was also asked for his assessment of Hansi Flick’s performance as interim manager of Bayern Munich since Niko Kovac’s departure. He noted that having been Kovac’s assistant for a full season helped Flick adjust quickly. He also said that Müller has been a key piece in Flick’s success since he’s taken charge:
Flick’s advantage is that he was already working as assistant coach at Bayern and has close ties to the team. He can judge the players well. Thomas Müller has clearly helped Bayern has play better again in the last few matches. Flick has moreover successfully brought the team much closer together than it was under Niko Kovac.
Magath was manager of Bayern from 2004 to 2007, and he has always been a big fan of Müller’s. Müller may not have broken into Bayern’s senior squad until 2008, but Magath feels that he should always be involved if Bayern wants to win its eighth consecutive Bundesliga title, thwarting both Borussia Monchengladbach and RB Leipzig, who have proven to be serious contenders this season:
For me, Müller always plays, Luis van Gaal said in the 2009/10 season. And that is how it should be. In his debut season, Thomas Müller played in all 34 Bundesliga games, as well as twelve Champions League and six DFB-Pokal games. After Müller in 2009 and Alaba in 2010, no Bayern amateur has managed to make the professional team long-term. But now there are some talents who might do it.