German clubs will have a short winter holiday period this season, and Hansi Flick cannot wait to get past this grind with Bayern Munich.
With the delayed end to the 2019/20 campaign, the current season has seen the fixture list congested to the hilt. The Bavarian giants have to play five games in the next fourteen days.
Smooth sailing in these outings, and Bayern Munich will be on course to being crowned winter champions. However, Hans-Dieter Flick is not seeing that far. The 55-year-old manager is taking one game at a time, tearing it off the calendar, and remaining grounded.
“We have two weeks left; it’s like a tear-off calendar,” Flick commented. “We don’t want to give up a point. The focus is on the two weeks from game to game and from training to training.
“When the whistle blows in Leverkusen on the 19th, we have enough time to slow down. We give the team eight to nine days, they definitely deserve it, but we still have a lot to do before then.”
Die Roten do not have an easy list of games to negotiate. Their toughest challenge will come against RB Leipzig, but they also take on other Bundesliga top-half sides, Wolfsburg, Union Berlin, and Bayern Leverkusen. They also have their final UEFA Champions League Group A encounter against rock bottom Lokomotiv Moscow.
The only silver lining in this congested fixture list has been their traveling itinerary. Bayern are home in three games and only have two domestic travels coming up, two contentious meetings in Berlin and Leverkusen.