Bayern Munich forward Thomas Müller registered his 20th assist of the season on Matchday 30. - © DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH
Bayern Munich forward Thomas Müller registered his 20th assist of the season on Matchday 30. - © DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH
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Bayern Munich's Thomas Müller sets new Bundesliga assist record

Bayern Munich's Thomas Müller set a new single-season Bundesliga assist record on Matchday 30 when he took his tally to 20 in his side's win away to Bayer Leverkusen.

In doing so he edged ahead of the previous best-mark of 19 set by Kevin De Bruyne for Wolfsburg in 2014/15, and matched by RB Leipzig's Emil Forsberg in 2016/17.

Müller had a league-leading 18 assists prior to kick-off in Leverkusen, but teed up Leon Goretzka to give his side a 2-1 lead at the BayArena before lofting in a cross for Robert Lewandowski to net Bayern's last goal in a 4-2 triumph.

The 30-year-old, who will not be able to extend his record on Matchday 31 due to suspension, has featured in all 30 of Bayern's league outings so far in 2019/20.

He had already set a new record in the 5-0 thrashing of Fortuna Düsseldorf last week with his 18th assist, a figure nobody had ever reached before at the same stage of a season since data collection began in 1992/93.

Müller has rediscovered his best form under Hansi Flick and has been directly involved more goals (22) than any other Bayern player since the new head coach took charge in November 2019, scoring seven times himself and contributing 15 assists.

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"I call him 'chef', chef Thomas Müller," teammate Alphonso Davies told bundesiga.com afterwards. "He gives you assists, he gives you goals, whatever you need. He's a big part of the team and him setting a record is an amazing achievement."

Müller is currently four goals clear at the top of the 2019/20 assist charts, with Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho his closest pursuer on 16, followed by Thorgan Hazard and Christopher Nkunku (both on 13).