Muller: Ribery unaffected by Ballon d'Or snub

The Frenchman lost out to Cristiano Ronaldo for the individual accolade but his Bayern Munich teammate is confident Ribery will build on a successful 2013.
Thomas Muller says Bayern Munich teammate Franck Ribery is unaffected by his Ballon d'Or snub.

Ribery was one of the front-runners to win the award alongside Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo after a successful year with Bayern. However, the Frenchman ended up losing out to Ronaldo for the individual accolade, but Muller insists it will not affect Ribery's performances in 2014.

"I don't see any positive or negative effects," he told AZ. "It was a bad moment for him - he had hopes that were dashed. But he will build on his good performances and show everyone what we can do. He's on the ball as always."

Bayern returns to domestic action against Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday following the winter break.

The Bavarians have a sizeable lead at the top of the Bundesliga, leading second-place Bayer Leverkusen by seven points, though they suffered a surprise 3-0 defeat to Red Bull Salzburg in a friendly encounter.

Muller says Pep Guardiola's men have to hit the ground running against Gladbach.

"We have to get out of a holiday mood," he said.  "We want to show that we are there from the beginning. Our goal must be that we get the Bundesliga trophy quickly. Now we need to develop the competitive spirit, which has made us strong.

"Gladbach are good going forward. They have strong, simple players who work well together. They have a good coach, a good stadium, good fans. It was never easy for us. It won't be a walk in the park."