Julian Nagelsmann has dismissed any suggestion that Thomas Müller’s inaction against RB Leipzig hints that the striker’s future at Bayern Munich is uncertain.
Müller entered the pitch in the 83rd minute as Bayern drew 1-1 against Leipzig on Friday.
The 33-year-old has struggled with injuries this season and has made just nine appearances in the Bundesliga.
Müller also failed to spark off in the World Cup as Germany were eliminated in the group stage.
Nagelsmann, though, says the media is focusing too much on Müller as a replacement.
“For Thomas, this is a more serious public issue than for us,” he told reporters ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Cologne.
“When you’re traumatized for so long, you always challenge [for your place].
“Thomas also wants competition. He has an outstanding character, but I have not yet decided whether he will play.
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Müller was unable to take Bayern out of the game against Leipzig as the champions struggled to create many opportunities in the second half at the Red Bull Arena.
Erik Maxime Choupo-Moting put them ahead late in the first half with Bayern’s 50th Bundesliga goal of the campaign before Marcel Halstenberg equalized, but Nagelsmann wants more attacking intensity.
He said: “We didn’t build optimally, it was too slow. Sometimes we had good performances after winning the ball, but we made the wrong decisions.
“I also warned the team in advance about the strength of Leipzig during the transition… There were one or two far from ideal situations on both sides.”
Cologne, on the other hand, come into play on Tuesday with a 7-1 thrashing of Werder Bremen.
“I think the seven heads mean something more to Cologne than they do to us,” Nagelsmann said. “They do it very well, they are active and good at counterpressing.
“[Coach] Steffen Baumgart does it very well. They always play openly, very aggressively. We have to be aggressive.”