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Hansi Flick's ‘recipe’ to keep Bayern motivated

The team is chasing a record-extending 8th consecutive Bundesliga title and are ahead in the table by 4 points

By Agencies in Berlin
  • Published 23.05.20, 3:44 AM
  • Updated 23.05.20, 3:44 AM
  • a min read
Hansi Flick watches during the German Bundesliga football match between Union Berlin and Bayern Munich in Berlin, Germany on Sunday, May 17, 2020. (AP)

Bayern Munich players must work harder to motivate each other to maintain a winning mentality while playing in empty stadiums, coach Hansi Flick said on Friday.

The Bundesliga became the first major sports league to restart last week after more than two months following an easing of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions in Germany, but games are played without fans for health safety reasons.

“What is decisive is mentality. Obviously it is an advantage if you have higher quality on the pitch but this is a situation which is not very easy,” Flick, speaking in a virtual news conference, said of the empty stadiums.

“It is key that you bring that mentality to the pitch. It is important that the team pushes itself so as to cover the level of motivation that has gone missing with the empty stands.”

Bayern, who host Eintracht Frankfurt at the Allianz Arena on Saturday, are chasing a record-extending eighth consecutive Bundesliga title and are four points ahead of second-placed Borussia Dortmund.