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TEAM NEWS: Muller benched for top-of-the-table clash with Leipzig

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Pin Thomas Muller has been benched for the clash against RB Leipzig. Goal
Thomas Muller has been benched for the clash against RB Leipzig. Goal

TEAM NEWS: Muller benched for top-of-the-table clash with Leipzig

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The attacker has been left out of the starting XI by Carlo Ancelotti for the first-ever competitive encounter against their Bundesliga title rivals.

Bayern Munich have dropped Thomas Muller to the bench for their top-of-the-table clash with RB Leipzig.

Arjen Robben and Douglas Costa have been chosen by manager Carlo Ancelotti to support striker Robert Lewandowski as Bayern look to take pole going into the mid-season break.

Bayern and Leipzig are currently joint top of the table with 36 points, but either side can take full control of first position with victory on Wednesday evening.

Muller has failed to impress for the Bavarian side this season, going through an extended goal drought before finally scoring his first league goal in December as Bayern beat Wolfsburg 5-0.

The 27-year-old had gone 999 minutes without scoring, but claimed that it did not bother him too much.

"I was hunting for a goal, but the fact I hadn’t scored wasn't driving me crazy," Muller told the official Bundesliga website. 

"It just meant that in every passing match I had to find new ways to try and get on the score sheet."

Bayern's next competitive game is January 20 against Freiburg when the Bundesliga resumes.

Bayern Munich XI: Neuer; Lahm, Javi Martinez, Hummels, Alaba; Vidal, Alonso; Robben, Thiago Alcantara, Douglas Costa; Lewandowski.

Subs: Ribery, Bernat, Ulreich, Renato Sanches, Rafinha, Muller, Kimmich

RB Leipzig XI: Gulacsi; Bernando, Ilsanker, Orban, Halstenberg; Keita, Demme, Forsberg, Sabitzer; Poulsen, Werner

Subs: Khedira, Schmitz, Kaiser, Kalmar, Burke, Muller, Selke

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