Bayern Munich are now almost a week into their official pre-season preparations for the 2019/2020 season. In just a few days, they jet off to the United States for the Audi Summer Tour where they will have friendlies against Arsenal, Real Madrid, and AC Milan. Ahead of the trip, BayernTV (via Bundesliga.com) caught up with Thomas Muller, who expressed his excitement to embark upon yet another season where they’ll likely be tightly contested by rivals Borussia Dormtund.
It’s no secret that Dortmund have already strengthened their squad quite a bit this summer with new signings Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), and Nico Schulz (Hoffenheim). Well aware of the positive reinforcements they’ve made, Muller expects them to make it another exciting, interesting season:
It’s going to be an exciting season. Dortmund were really good last season and now they’ve tried to improve their squad. We’ll have to wait and see how their new signings perform. I think the Bundesliga can look forward to the new season, as I am too. It’s going to be interesting and it’ll be fun to be top of the table.
So far this summer, Muller, along with some of his other long-serving Bayern teammates, had to see some of his other teammates and close friends leave the club. Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Rafinha, and Mats Hummels have all left Bayern this summer after well-decorated careers with Die Roten alongside Muller. Playing without them is a situation Muller isn’t used to, but he said he’s ready to adapt accordingly despite how difficult it was to say goodbye to close friends:
It’s a special situation for all of us and for me personally. Several of my old buddies left the club and I spent my entire career playing alongside them. Now it’s a new situation and we all have to adapt to it. But we’re in good shape in terms of working hard on the training pitch.
Additionally, Muller said that new assistant manager Hansi Flick has been welcomed with open arms taking over the post left by Peter Hermann, who’s left to become technical director at FC Nürnberg. Flick, Muller re-iterated, has already got on really well with the squad:
Obviously several of us know him from the German national team. He’s a very sociable and open guy so there are no difficulties adapting to that.
After returning from the United States, Bayern will have just a short window before opening their competitive fixtures list when they take on Dortmund in the DFL-Supercup on August 3rd at Signal Iduna Park. Just over a week after that, they take on Energie Cottbus in round 1 of the DFB-Pokal before opening their Bundesliga campaign just four days later against Hertha Berlin at the Allianz Arena. A lot’s going to happen in a short space of time once the Audi Tour kicks off, and the Bundesliga will be back in full swing before we know it.
As long as Thomas can keep doing this, that’s be great!