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Ancelotti lauds 'intelligent' Muller after Bayern comeback

12:05 am AEDT 4/12/16
The Bavarian star has drawn flak for an indifferent start to the Bundesliga campaign but turned in a quality performance against Mainz, earning his coach's praise

Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti heaped praise on Thomas Muller for his intelligent performance against Mainz on Friday.

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Ancelotti singled out the star after he helped four-time defending Bundesliga champions Bayern to a 3-1 comeback at Opel Arena.

Muller set up Arjen Robben for Bayern's second goal of the night as Die Roten moved level atop the table with RB Leipzig due to play Schalke on Saturday.

And Ancelotti was delighted with his impact following criticism of his indifferent start to the season, praising the 27-year-old's influential display.

"Muller played well," the Italian told reporters. "I've always said he's a very intelligent player, who can play in any number of number of positions up front.

"Muller changed his position, but I am happy with all the forwards, in the first half, they showed good combinations together.

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"It was a difficult game, but it's a good result. It was important to win here, we played against a difficult team and it's always hard to win in Mainz."

Bayern surprisingly fell behind to Jhon Cordoba's fourth-minute opener away from home.

But Robert Lewandowski's brace and a goal from Robben in his 150th Bundesliga appearance inspired Bayern.

"It was a tough game, but we've got a good result out of it, and that was really important for us," Ancelotti continued.

"We did well going forward in the first half, then Mainz upped the pressure in the second half and it got more difficult."