Bayern Munich star Thomas Müller has told The Players' Tribune the desire to "go out on a Sunday and eat an ice cream somewhere without worrying about anything else" is what drives the Bundesliga champions' relentless winning machine.
Müller and Co. are aiming to claim the German top-flight title for the seventh successive season and build on a silverware-laden legacy that has the Bavarian giants well ahead of their domestic rivals in terms of trophies won.
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'Peace and quiet'
Bayern, however, show no sign of letting up, and Müller explained — just as he told teammate Joshua Kimmich when he arrived at the Allianz Arena from Stuttgart in 2015 — that victory is a means, not an end.
"There's a great anecdote with Joshua Kimmich. When he came to Bayern, we were winning every third game by a four-goal margin. He came into the dressing room, and everyone was having a shower or packing their stuff. We had just won 5-0, he thought there would be a big party. But that just doesn't happen, you just move on," the Germany international said in a discussion with club and country teammate Mats Hummels.
"I told him that at Bayern you don't win games to enjoy the victory, but to have some peace and quiet, so that you can go out on a Sunday and eat an ice cream somewhere without worrying about anything else."
Bavarian born and bred, Müller — now 28 — has been through a host of the club's successes, first as a Bayern fan and now as a player.
But the businesslike manner in which Bayern dispense with their rivals and the constant craving for still more success in the dressing room means he got more happiness as a fan, while as a player, it's a case of 'Keep calm and carry on winning.'