Muller envious of engine in Mbappe's 'butt'

Germany and France could not be separated in the Nations League on Wednesday, but Kylian Mbappe's speed left an impression.

France star Kylian Mbappe   -  Getty Images

Thomas Muller has a long and distinguished career for Bayern Munich and Germany behind him, but he remains jealous of speedy France youngster Kylian Mbappe for a thing – the "engine in his butt".

Germany and France met in Munich on Thursday and, although neither side could come up trumps in the 0-0 Nations League draw, Mbappe made an impression despite the world champion looking a little rusty.

The 19-year-old troubled Germany's defence with his trickery, clever movement and general game intelligence. But, for Muller, Mbappe was at his most potent when he stepped on the gas.

"He has an engine in his butt that everyone else wants to have. He makes one fast step and leaves the opponent behind. You have to defend players like him with more than one player, even if he leaves one player behind the next one has to try to stop him," the German forward joked.

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"That's the only way you can stop remarkable players like him. Of course, he had some moments during the game that the spectators enjoyed."

Thursday's contest was Germany's first since World Cup humiliation, as it was dumped out in the group stage after a 2-0 defeat to South Korea in Kazan.

Since then, the furore surrounding Mesut Ozil's international retirement and his allegations of racism against the German Football Federation (DFB), which have been denied by the governing body, has dominated talk around the national team, and Muller concedes that they went into the match under significant scrutiny.

"We had a lot of pressure before the game. But, we responded in the way we had to. You have to make distinctions. It wasn't our best game and we have a lot to pay back. That was the first key step, but that's all," Muller said.

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