Carlo Ancelotti is not the least bit worried about Thomas Muller’s form and has defended his decision to play him on the wing.
Muller has scored only four goals all competitions for Bayern Munich and also failed to find the net at the Euro 2016.
Ancelotti has deployed the Germany international out wide instead of his central role, which has prompted criticism from Ancelotti’s critics.
“I know it’s a cliche, but he really can play anywhere,” Ancelotti told ESPN. “Muller will just do it in his own way and reinvent the position. It’s funny, they criticised me in Germany because I played him out wide. The media said, ‘Oh, but he’s not a winger!’
“Gee, really? I’m not stupid. I can see that he’s not going to play wide in the way that Arjen Robben or Douglas Costa play wide. And I’m not going to ask him to try to imitate Robben or Costa.
“What he can do is use his intelligence to find the right positions on the pitch at the right time, starting from out wide. And that creates mismatches and helps the team.”