Marco Rose: "It’s always special to play against the best team in Germany, but it’s no different to any other game. It’s just a Bundesliga match; we're really looking forward to it and we want to win. But we'll need to put in an absolutely top performance in order to do this."
Rose: "We want to be brave, stick to how we play football and play like we have been over the past few months. It will be important to work well as a team, keep a high level of physicality to win the ball back quickly, and create enough goal scoring opportunities."
Rose: "Bayern are back on track to regaining their spot at the top of the division. They have this ‘Mia san mia’ mentality, which they bring with them onto the pitch. Their team is strong in every department. They are aggressive without the ball and press high up the pitch."
Rose: "f you leave yourself open in the middle of the pitch against Bayern, they will punish you with quick combination play. If you load up the midfield then they will hit you down the wing. If you play a high line then they will play balls over the top. So we have to be alert."
Rose: "We have worked towards creating a style of play that is good to watch and gets results. However there will still be periods where we will find it difficult and perhaps drop a few points. But we are playing really well at the moment and we’re happy with where we are."
Rose: "We go into every match wanting to play our style of football, no matter who the opponent is. We want to win the game, but we know that we’re going to have to be at our best." #BMGFCB
Bayern will travel to Doha for a winter training camp at the Aspire Academy from 4 to 10 January in preparation for the second half of the season.
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Bayern scouts had long been watching RB Salzburg striker Erling Braut Håland, However the club has decided against going for the striker. The main reason is Robert Lewandowski as Bayern believe that a talent behind Lewandowski would get too little game time.
Bayern have also attentively noted how good Serge Gnabry ist fulfilling the role as center-forward in the national team. With Gnabry and Thomas Müller, Bayern already have alternatives to Robert Lewandowski within the squad. [Bild & SportBild]
Hansi Flick on tomorrow's game: "Since my childhood Gladbach against Bayern was always a classic. In the house Flick it was a classic as well, my brother was Gladbach fan, I'm Bayern fan. We're on the right track and we will travel there with confidence."
Flick: "We showed good things against Leverkusen despite the defeat. We created many chances. Off the ball, some things were not good but we worked on them in training this week."
Flick on whether he can imagine working with Tuchel next season: "I've always said I can imagine a lot of things. But that doesn't change that we have to wait and see how things will go. Thomas is one of the best German coaches, and I like the way he interprets football."
Flick: "We will sit together after the last game of the year and discuss the situation. I'm not interested in anything else at the moment."
Flick: "I have a great team around me, they give me the strength and self-confidence to deal with the situation. Of course points and wins count at Bayern Munich, and success always comes first and foremost. We not only have to train and play well, we also have to win games."
Flick on Goretzka: "We have enormous quality in midfield. Leon has shown in recent games that he's also good off the ball. He's dynamic and can make deep runs and be dangerous in front of goal. He can also hold his own defensively."
Flick on the title race: "Bayern Munich want to be champion every year, and this time there are more teams that want to become champions too. We'll see what happens on Matchday 34. Surely everyone was happy that the Bundesliga is so exciting again." #BMGFCB #MiaSanMia 🔴⚪
Mauricio Pochettino will not become Bayern's coach. Thomas Tuchel is not a hot topic. Erik ten Hag remains one of the desired candidates for summer 2020. [FlorianPlettenberg]
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Bayern's interest in Thomas Tuchel exists, However, he's the club's second choice behind Erik ten Hag. Both managers have been contacted. ten Hag has the support of Oliver Kahn and everything indicates that he will be Bayern coach next summer. [LeParisien]
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For the first time next season, the DFB Pokal semifinals will take place on a weekend instead of midweek: on Saturday, May 1, 2021 and on Sunday, May 2, 2021. The final will take place on 22 May 2021 in Berlin as usual.
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Official: The 2020/21 Bundesliga season will start on 21 August 2020 - Winter break from 21 December 2020 until 15 January 2021 - The final matchday is scheduled for 15 May 2021.
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Mauricio Pochettino is no longer a candidate for the Bayern job, the club has decided. Bayern bosses still want to adhere to the requirement that their coach should speak German. In addition, the lack of a clear philosophy of play is another reason for this decision.
The opinion of Jupp Heynckes has also played a crucial role in the decision against Pochettino. Heynckes' word still has weight at the club and he also was not convinced of the possible appointment of Pochettino. [Bild]
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Alphonso Davies and Robert Lewandowski in WhoScored's Bundesliga Team of the Month.
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Germany will face Spain in Madrid on 26th of March and Italy in Nürnberg on 31st March as part of the preparation for Euro 2020. #DieMannschaft 🇩🇪
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David Alaba on his new role as CB: "Maybe I'm playing there because I interpret the position differently than a natural centre back. If you watch our last games, you can see my presence on the pitch. And that I’m trying to take over responsibility."
Alaba on assuming a leading role: "Yes, that's my aspiration. The experienced players are very important, both as players on the pitch but also as people. That’s something you need to learn to handle."
Alaba: "Guys like Alphonso Davies are very hungry and they try to learn every day. They listen. That’s so important when you’re developing, especially when you’re young."
Alaba: "A footballer's career is long, but also very short. There are always ups and downs. You have to remain focused, believe in yourself and work hard. It's not always easy at this level, I had tough times but you learn from that."
Alaba: "I think the entourage is very important. And my religious beliefs play an important role."
On his friendship with pastor Jan Kohler: "We're very close friends. I'm very thankful for this friendship. We talk regularly and we read the Bible together." [Kicker]