Munich - While there are several candidates worthy of being named Player of the Season so far, one figure stands out above all others: FC Bayern Munich's
Year of disappointment
Club head coach Jupp Heynckes described the 23-year-old as hungrier and greedier for success after last season, a campaign that started so promisingly for Müller but ultimately ended in heartbreak.
Müller was seconds away from making Bayern European top dogs for the fifth time with his late header against Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League final, only for the English side to equalise and then triumph on penalties. And on the international stage, despite impressing in Germany’s opening games at UEFA Euro 2012, he lost his place in the first team in the knockout rounds, making a rather uneventful substitute appearance in the 2-1 semi-final defeat to Italy.
The criticism levelled at him from Bayern’s notoriously demanding club president Uli Hoeneß also reportedly left the Bavarian native considering his future at the club. In Müller’s eyes, however, that was pure speculation, as he determinedly went on to say, “This is my home. Nothing will separate me from FC Bayern.”
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Harnessing the disappointment of last season, he has become one of the team’s most effective performers this term, helping them storm to the top of the league, as well as cruising through to the last 16 of the Champions League and German Cup quarter finals.