Julian Nagelsmann made it two wins out of three in the Bundesliga as Bayern Munich galloped to an impressive 5-0 win over Hertha Berlin at the Allianz Arena. Robert Lewandowski was the hat-trick hero and goals from Jamal Musiala and Thomas Muller rounded out the scoring on what was a fantastic evening at the office for Die Roten.
With a goal and assist to show, it was a vintage Muller performance from the Raumdeuter. His brilliantly taken finish in the 6th minute after a beautifully clever dummy from Lewandowski got Bayern up and running early on. He showed great effort and vision winning possession deep in Hertha’s third and found Musiala in space just inside of the box for “Bambi’s” goal in the 49th minute, which made it 3-0 at the time. The effervescence, as Jupp Heynckes once described Muller’s movement and spatial awareness, was on full display.
Speaking after the match, Muller had plenty of praise for the overall team performance and felt it was the strongest of the season thus far. “In terms of play, it was our best game because the opponent played a little differently. We could figure them out. Cologne and Dortmund pressed very hard,” he said. (tz).
For Muller’s goal, which was the opening goal of the match, there was a very clever dummy from Lewandowski on the pass from Alphonso Davies to perfectly tee up Muller’s strike. Muller jokingly said that he was surprised the Polish ace left the ball for him to strike, but was highly appreciative of the cheeky, unselfish play. “I already praised him at halftime and wanted to know if he is not yet fit or whether he has reached the next level. He doesn’t get any points for that. He wouldn’t have done that a few years ago. He also notices that, even if he plays more helpful to the team, he also scores a hat trick in passing. Who else can do that in the Bundesliga,” he emphasized.
The rumors regarding Marcel Sabitzer’s potential transfer from RB Leipzig to Bayern have heated up as deadline day approaches and it looks as if an agreement between both clubs is already in place. When he was asked about the Austrian international potentially joining the ranks at Bayern, Muller remained diplomatically tight-lipped, while also offering his praises for Leipzig’s number 7. “That he is a very good player, that is absolutely clear. I don’t know anything, but I’m not on the board yet! They have become more closed, Lothar. I’m not involved in the transfer decisions,” he joked.
It’s now time for the international break and for Muller and the rest of Bayern’s Germany contingent, the begin a new chapter with Die Mannschaft now managed by Hansi Flick. They have three upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Lichtenstein, North Macedonia, and Iceland. He’s looking forward to linking up with Flick and the rest of the Germany squad instead of having a bit of a break, like he did for the last couple of international breaks before the Euros this summer. “I’m happy that I don’t have a break now and that I can be part of the realignment. Now, first of all, there are compulsory tasks. Whereby, in today’s time we could be praised to heaven even after a victory over Liechtenstein,” he said.