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GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

2017/2018 Season

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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Thomas Muller not 'in demand' at Bayern Munich under Carlo Ancelotti

Bayern were held for most of the match until Robert Lewandowski's brace provided the breakthrough to down Werder Bremen.

Thomas Muller said he does not feel valued by Carlo Ancelotti after the Bayern Munich coach left the forward out of the starting XI on Saturday.

Muller has spent his entire career with Bayern, but he spoke out after Ancelotti started Thiago Alcantara in his place for the 2-0 win over Werder Bremen.

"I don't know exactly which qualities the coach wants to see," Muller told ARD. "But mine seem not to be 100 percent in demand."

The 27-year-old did eventually come on for Franck Ribery in the 73rd minute, with Bayern already 1-0 up.

Ancelotti said tactics were the only reason Thomas Muller did not start the game.

"We tried to plan the game using the wide areas more and to have more possession in the middle," he said. "For this reason Thomas didn't start the game.

"He went in during the second part of the game and did well. It was only a technical decision."

Thomas Muller, right, began Saturday's win on the bench.

Bayern's new sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said that the club still considered Muller a talent, though he scored just five goals after Ancelotti took charge last season.

"We have many games this season and know what we have in Thomas," Salihamidzic told Sky Germany.

Bayern maintained their 100 percent start to the season, and Ancelotti told their website: "I'm very happy with the result. It was an important victory in a very difficult match.

"We struggled to find space for an hour. You always see room for improvement as a coach, but at the end of the day it's only the three points that count."

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