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Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller expected battle from Hertha Berlin

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Bayern Munich pulled out a rugged 1-0 victory over Hertha Berlin, but Thomas Müller always knew this would be a tough game.

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Bayern Munich star Thomas Müller knew his squad would not have an easy match on Friday afternoon against Hertha Berlin.

Facing a getaway game before the team heads to Qatar for the Club World Cup, Müller was happy to secure three points and help Manuel Neuer capture a clean sheet. Müller, however, thinks that Bayern Munich left more than a few goals on the field.

“You could smell that it would be hard-fought,” said Müller (as captured by Tz). “(Hertha Berlin coach) Pal Dardai is fighting for every square inch. We could certainly have scored one or two more goals, but in the end it was a close game. You just can’t celebrate in every game. What’s noticeable is that the zero stands more and more often, because we have better depth.”

That depth could come heavily into play this month as the Bavarians are facing a daunting schedule jammed with games in the Club World Cup, Bundesliga, and Champions League. Friday’s match against Hertha Berlin was the first of at least six matches for Bayern Munich in February. That number could go to seven if the Bavarians make the Club World Cup final as they are expected to.