It was fitting for the chaotic season: record man Thomas Müller learned in a Sky interview about the departure of Bayern bosses Kahn and Salihamidzic.
Munich - The twelfth championship for Thomas Müller was undoubtedly a special one: Rarely has the season been so crazy, the finale so dramatic. FC Bayern secured their eleventh trophy in a row with a late 2-1 win in Cologne, while rivals Borussia Dortmund were only one goal short of it. But, as befits the turbulent season, Müller was asked about a completely different topic just moments after the final whistle and at the moment of triumph. The dismissal of Oliver Kahn and Hasan Salihamidzic.
|Born:||13 September 1989 (age 33 years), Weilheim in Upper Bavaria|
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Müller knew nothing about the departure of Kahn and Salihamidzic
"That's coming now, one minute after the final whistle?", Müller (other voices) was completely surprised by the news, which had hit like a bomb on the day of the season finale. Müller said to presenter Sebastian Hellmann: "It's a good job from you." The FCB captain admitted: "I didn't know anything about that until now."
Müller, whose twelve championships are unrivalled in Bundesliga history, commented on the separation, which president Herbert Hainer had announced to the players in the dressing room. At that time, "we were in a frenzy of victory and perhaps all had already taken a sip or two from the finish water". He regretted the loss of the two, "but the club just had the feeling that they had to do something," Müller analysed and also spoke explicitly about Salihamidzic: "With Brazzo, I can only say that he was just as hard-working as he was on the pitch back then, so he was correspondingly close to us, so it's not that easy for us as players. But at the end of the day, that's the business and we're all going to have a drink together with Oliver Kahn and Hasan today."
Thomas Müller learned about the Bayern quake in an interview with Sky. © Sky screenshot
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But that's probably not the case. Ex-CEO Kahn was explicitly banned from visiting the stadium and participating in the championship celebrations in Cologne, which he described as "the worst day in my career".
The most emotional championship was perhaps his first, Müller said. "But I think that was the craziest one. And I don't know if you can measure what the pancreas is releasing." He admitted that he could understand those who criticize the Bavarians despite the bowl. "I think everyone who is interested in German football has such a subliminal feeling that we don't really deserve it. And I say that openly. I get it," Müller said. "But this moment is still unbelievable for the squad. That's something to remember. There's electricity on it right now."
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Overall, he analyzed the season as. "total chaos. If it had been a movie, a lot of people would definitely watch it and say, 'Well, it wasn't boring.'" (cgsc)