Goal scoring tougher now: Gerd Muller

January 20th, 2009 - 12:49 am ICT by IANS  

Bayern MunichKolkata, Jan 19 (IANS) Legendary German striker Gerd Muller Monday said goal scoring has become a tougher job in world football now because of collective defending.”Earlier, it used to be man-against-man. Now all teams rely on collective defending. So, the strikers don’t get too much time with the ball. It has become tougher for them,” said Muller, who has scored 68 goals - 14 of them in the World Cup - for his country.

Muller said Pele’s Brazil was better than Johan Cruyff’s Holland, but added that the 1974 World Cup winning German team was the best.

“We brought on a new style and new approach. I think we were the best,” said Muller, who has been adjudged Bundesliga’s best player ever.

Asked to compare Pele and Maradona, he said lightheartedly “Muller”.

However, he was categoric in describing Argentine Lionel Messi as a better player than Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo.

Addressing a meet-the-press programme at the Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club, Muller rated the 1974 World Cup triumph, victory over England in the 1970 Wrold Cup and getting the Best Bundesliga player ever as the high water marks of his glittering career.

Muller said Brazilian Kaka should accept Manchester City’s 500,000 pound a week offer.

“I played for Bayern Munich for 150 deutsche mark per week, which is close to 80 euros. Now, Manchester City are willing pay Kaka 500,000 pounds a week. Kaka would be a silly boy if rejects the offer. Even half of it is big enough to take him there,” he said.

Ducking questions on Indian football, he said “We are here as a guest and don’t want to criticise. Bayern Munich have joined hands with Techno India and the state government to build a football school. The idea is to start with the kids and teach them the basics. Maybe, in five-six years time the results would be coming (visible).

“We have played a couple of matches here and East Bengal’s No.3 (Nirmal Chhetri) has been impressive. He has an all round game, can play in defence, as also in the midfield. The boy has a good future,” he added.

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