Carlo Ancelotti insists Thomas Muller was key to Bayern Munich's 8-0 thrashing of Hamburg, despite the Germany international's failure to get on the scoresheet.
Robert Lewandowski struck a hat-trick, while Kingsley Coman added a brace and Arturo Vidal, David Alaba and Arjen Robben also netted as Bayern retained a five-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.
Muller, meanwhile, has scored just one league goal this season, but Ancelotti was quick to praise the 27-year-old after a marvellous win.
"Thomas Muller was the best player on the pitch, even if he did not score a goal," the Bayern coach said.
"Muller was the key to this victory. He moved well and was involved in every attack."
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Muller meanwhile claimed he was merely delighted to contribute.
"It was really fun," he added. "At some points, [the performance] took care of itself.
"If you win 8-0, with good weather and with a good mood in the stadium, the club, the team and the fans can go home happy."
Bayern are back in action at home to Schalke in the DFB-Pokal on Wednesday.
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