Thomas Muller concedes that Bayern Munich’s players are just as at fault for the disappointing results which saw Carlo Ancelotti sacked as manager.
Die Roten sits five points behind Borussia Dortmund on the Bundesliga table – having drawn their past two domestic outings – while a 3-0 Champions League humbling at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain was the last straw for the Italian’s tenure.
However, star forward Muller says that the club should not use Ancelotti as a shield to deflect criticism surrounding their team.
“A big part of this [their recent struggles] is caused by the team that stands on the pitch and does not perform like people expect it to,” he told the media.
“We must be realistic about this and not be of the opinion that Carlo Ancelotti was a scapegoat.”
The German side has since turned to Jupp Heynckes as caretaker until 2017-18 concludes, yet Muller has warned Munich supporters that this campaign may not bring the same lofty success that has been so synonymous with the Bavarians in recent times.
“We should be very careful about setting targets which we can throw into the bin afterwards again,” he added.
“We won’t suddenly play football from another galaxy. There will of course be matches where people see us and be very critical.”