Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick has hailed the competition within his squad and believes that this is a major factor in ensuring his players perform at their peak.
The Bavarians took another step towards their eighth straight Bundesliga title on Saturday as they strolled past Fortuna Dusseldorf thanks to a 5-0 victory.
After beating Borussia Dortmund 1-0 on Tuesday, it would have been easy for Bayern’s stars to take their eye off the ball but they were given an early boost when Zanka Jorgensen put through his own net.
Benjamin Pavard then doubled their advantage, while fellow full-back Alphonso Davies also got in on the act.
However, it was striker Robert Lewandowski who was again the star of the show, netting either side of the break to equal his best ever season’s tally of 43 goals. In the process, he also joined Dortmund’s Marco Reus and Bayer Leverkusen’s Kevin Volland in having scored against every one of the current 18 top-flight teams during his career.
Despite their 10-point advantage in the standings, Flick is refusing to get carried away with his team’s situation.
“We still have a few matches ahead of us,” he is quoted as saying by the club website. “We’re in a good position now.”
Dortmund are in action on Sunday when they travel to Paderborn and will be aware that they need to win to have any realistic aims of maintaining their title hopes.
Bayern though could well be on course to emulate Jupp Heynckes’ class of 2013 in completing a European and domestic treble.
They are set to face Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal on June 10, while they are also 3-0 up from the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Chelsea.
Their current form becomes even more impressive when considering they were floundering before Flick stepped up from his role as assistant to replace Niko Kovac.
The 55-year-old, who has won 22 of his 25 games in charge, is certainly not getting carried away though and having assisted Joachim Low in helping Germany win the 2014 World Cup, knows what is required to reach the peak of the game.
Speaking after Saturday’s dismantling of Dusseldorf, the boss praised the focus of his players, adding that the way in which each and every member of his squad is pushing each other is only going to help their quest for success.
Flick added: “It was important for us to show we wouldn’t ease off after Tuesday’s match against Dortmund. We saw that from the first second. So I’m very, very pleased with our performance.
“We were very aggressive and didn’t leave our opponents the slightest chance. You can see how the players are pushing and motivating one another.”