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Muller blasts Ancelotti over substitute role

After being allowed to feature for just 17 minutes in Bayern Munich’s 2-0 win over Werder Bremen on Saturday, German striker Thomas Muller has hit out at Coach Carlo Ancelotti, moaning “I don’t know exactly which qualities the coach wants to see.”

The Bavarians entered into the second game of the season in a tricky encounter against Bremen but Muller was obviously left out of the starting eleven sparking some reservation from the 27-year-old.

While the former Milan and Real Madrid gaffer saw a return of four of his last-season regulars from injuries with captain and goalkeeper Manuer Neuer leading the pile, Muller was left out.4

The Italian tactician preferred the choice of fellow injury returnee Thiago Alcantra ahead of Muller who played well after coming from the bench.

But Muller who has spent his entire youth and professional career at Allianz Arena felt under-utilized by Ancelotti whose side were fired to a a win courtesy of Robert Lewandowski’s quickfire second-half brace.

Muller was on fire a season before Ancelotti took over from Pep Guardiola on Bayern bench scoring 20 goals in as many Bundesliga games in which he was involved.

However, the Weilhem in Oberbayern-born winger, who turns 28 next month saw his form dipped in Ancelotti’s debut season In charge of the Bundesliga champions, hitting the net only five times.

Muller was introduced as a substitute with 17 minutes to go and was directly involved in Lewandowski’s second goals, setting up the Poland international.

“I don’t know exactly which qualities the coach wants to see,” Muller told ARD. “But mine seem not to be 100 per cent in demand.”

Bayern’s new sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has jumped to the defense of the under-fulfilled Muller after his comments.

Salihamidzic’s reassuring comments came after Muller had said he did not know what Ancelotti was looking for in a player that he could not find in him.

The former Bayern and Bosnia defender quickly made the comments to reassure Muller that he still has a number of games in which he would player for Bayern this season.

“We have many games this season and know what we have in Thomas,” Salihamidzic told Sky Germany.

Muller is being chased by the Premier league pair of Chelsea and Liverpool and his recent comments would only alert the duo to prepare themselves in the event Muller hands a transfer request to Bayern before the close of the summer transfer window on Wednesday.

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