‘The most extraordinary player in German football history’: Thomas Muller hailed by former Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes after illustrious career for both club and country
- Former manager Jupp Heynckes has described Thomas Muller as ‘extraordinary’
- He says it is Muller’s ‘character and playing style’ that make him so successful
- Muller has featured 525 times for the Bundesliga giants and won most trophies
- Heynckes also spoke fondly of Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich and Hani Flick
Former Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has described Thomas Muller as the ‘most extraordinary player in German football history’.
Heynckes believes that Muller, who has earned 525 appearances for the Bundesliga giants, encompasses the ‘right character and playing style’ to succeed at the top.
Described at the ‘driving force’ behind the Bayern Munich team by his former manager, Muller has helped the club win: the Champions League twice; the DFB-Pokal six times; the UEFA Super Cup; the FIFA Club World Cup and five German Super Cups.
Former Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes has described Thomas Muller as ‘extraordinary’
He says it is Muller’s ‘character and playing style’ that make him such a successful footballer
Of those, his most recent triumph was at the Champions League this summer, having beaten Paris Saint-Germain in the final.
Reflecting on the forward’s success, Heynckes told DFL Magazine that Muller is the ‘most extraordinary player in German football history.’
He said: ‘For me, with his overall package, character and playing style, he is the most extraordinary player in German football history together with the great Gerd Müller,’ Heynckes stated.
‘He is once again showing what has always distinguished him: being a team player, hard-working and hard-running. In addition to that, he’s a driving force on the pitch, which is more clear now than ever.’
Muller has featured 525 times for the Bundesliga giants and won most trophies with the club
Heynckes also spoke fondly of Bayern Munich’s 25-year-old defender Joshua Kimmich
The 75-year-old, who is now retired from management, also spoke fondly of Joshua Kimmich.
While never playing directly under Heynckes, Kimmich was a member of the Bayern Munich youth team while the German was in charge of the first-team.
Heynckes praised the 25-year-old for his attitude to the club and his development as a person.
He said: ‘He is the epitome of a professional footballer who also stands for what FC Bayern is all about. He lives for football, football is his hobby, his job, his elixir of life. At the same time, he has developed as a person.’
Before finishing off by honouring Hansi Flick, who has transformed Bayern from a superpower in rapid decline to the most formidable force in Europe.
He said Flick has succeeded with ‘team and people management, empathy, credibility and communication.
‘He doesn’t take himself too seriously, even though he’s the main sporting person. He’s not the boss because of his position, but because of his personality.’
The 75-year-old, who is now retired from management, went on to praise boss Hansi Flick
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