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Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller ready for RB Leipzig battle

Thomas Müller knows the stakes are high for the RB Leipzig match.

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Bayern Munich star Thomas Müller lives for these moments.

With his squad preparing to take on second-place RB Leipzig, Müller is amped and ready to take part in what should be the Bundesliga’s showcase game for the season.

“It’s the standout fixture in the Bundesliga right now and in this season. We can take a decisive step if we win in Leipzig,” said Müller in an interview with FCBayern.com. “If we don’t win, things will remain exciting, with the title race on a knife edge. So it’s certainly the measuring stick for all football fans in Germany. It’s going to be a lively encounter.”

FC Bayern Muenchen v VfB Stuttgart - Bundesliga
Thomas Müller won’t have Robert Lewandowski next to him, but is ready for RB Leipzig nonetheless.
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fully respects RB Leipzig and the talent on its roster. The 31-year-old is eager, however, to take on Die Roten Bullen.

“Leipzig’s strengths lie in having the right balance and how they work together as a team. They know what they want to do on the pitch and have a well thought-out concept. They all appear to be pulling in the same direction, they don’t show any uncertainty. They’re not dependent on any one player, in attack or defense,” said Müller. “They vary their play a lot and always have different formations. The last four straight draws against us also show that Leipzig are a quality side. Nevertheless, we’re going to go there full of confidence and with a four-point lead. As FC Bayern, we always walk onto the pitch feeling like we’ll leave it as winners. That’s how it’ll be this time, too. We’re approaching it with optimism, even though we’re aware that it’s going to be a difficult task.”

What Müller knows is that his squad is aware of just what the implications are for this match — and that they are ready to meet this challenge head on.

“We really want to become champions. We know that this season is a very special one because of the circumstances - the heavy load in summer and the special schedule. It was clear from the start that it would not be an easy season for us. But the pressure is on Leipzig,” Müller said. “We are four points ahead and will definitely remain leaders. If we should win, it is a clear sign for us towards the championship title. I see it as an advantage that the pressure lies with Leipzig.”