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Thomas Muller says Bayern Munich lacked ‘balls’ in their defeat to Bayer Leverkusen (Sky Germany)

Thomas Muller was furious after Bayern Munich’s defeat to Bayer Leverkusen and claimed his teammates are playing without ‘energy and freedom’.

Bayer Leverkusen have moved five points clear at the top of the Bundesliga following their 3-0 victory over title rivals Bayern on Saturday evening.

Josip Stanisic gave Xabi Alonso’s side the lead in the first half before Alex Grimaldo and Jeremie Frimpong struck after the break to secure a deserved victory.

Muller, who came on as a second-half substitute, could not hide his anger during his post-match interview but refused to blame Bayern head coach Thomas Tuchel for his side’s defeat.

‘There are of course some symptoms on the pitch. To be honest, I’m p***** off,’ Muller told Sky Sports Germany after Bayern’s defeat.

‘First of all, you have to congratulate Leverkusen, it was a deserved victory.

Bayern's Joshua Kimmich, from left, Leroy Sane, Eric Dier and Harry Kane react after the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Bayern Munich at the BayArena in Leverkusen, Germany

Bayern Munich are now five points behind Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga title race (AP)

‘To quote Oliver Kahn… what I miss from our players are the balls in the game.

‘We are showing significantly better approaches in training. It’s okay to feel pressure, but there needs to be energy and freedom. That’s missing in our game.

‘At Leverkusen, not every move is planned, they look for solutions, they are creative, and I expect the same from us. We play from A to B, from B to C and back again.

‘It’s there in training, but not in the game. We had enough players of international calibre on the pitch, so we don’t need to talk about the coach.

‘A lot has to do with game intelligence and independence on the pitch. I expect players who are on the pitch to be able to handle pressure. We urgently need to improve, and we will.’

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