Thomas Muller unsurprised by Guardiola’s Man City struggles

Thomas Muller unsurprised by Guardiola’s Man City struggles

The Spaniard’s battles at the helm of the Etihad side come as no surprise to the Bayern striker, who himself has been linked with a switch to England.

Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller is unsurprised to see former coach Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City not dominating the Premier League.

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In his first season in England, Guardiola finds his team fourth in the table and seven points behind leaders Chelsea after 20 games.

Muller, who played under the Spaniard at Bayern Munich, said it again showed how tough the Premier League was.

“The Premier League is very difficult with many strong teams. It’s not easy to win against every team. You have a lot of games in England,” he told FCB.tv.

“It’s the first year of Pep being at Manchester City, and there are many factors which make the task difficult for him.

“For me, it’s not a big surprise that there aren’t any clear start-to-finish winners of the title.”

Muller has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Manchester United the likely destination, and could now be facing a fight to keep his Bayern days alive.

The Germany international has had an unusually tame season in front goal, scoring just once in his 13 Bundesliga appearances, as he continues his attempts at establishing a regular position under Die Roten boss Carlo Ancelotti.

The Italian manager insists Muller continues to be a key player for the Bundesliga leaders, however, despite being questioned by former club stiker Lothar Matthaus, who claims the forward has no place in the team.

“It will be really tough for Muller to fight himself back into the starting XI in the second half of the season,” Matthaus previously wrote in his column for Sport Bild. “There is not really a position in Ancelotti’s formation that suits him.”

Bayern, who are top of the Bundesliga, resume their season at Freiburg on January 20.

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