Joshua Kimmich made his return against FSV Mainz 05 in last evening’s 5-2 win, but wishes Bayern Munich would “stop falling behind” in games.
The defending Bundesliga champions scored five second-half goals as they came from 2-0 down and returned to the top of table extending the gap to two points with second-placed RB Leipzig.
Speaking after the game, Kimmich admitted that his team need to start games on the front foot instead of trying to play catch-up.
“Of course it’s exhausting when you’re always behind,” he told Sky Sports.
“We want to win games more easily again, it takes too much energy that way.”
Kimmich also pointed out what he thought Bayern’s issue was in the first half. He added, “You noticed that Mainz wanted to close the center.
“We went in with a completely different attitude (in the second half). In the first half, Mainz were clearly ahead of us and really hurt us. We were lucky that they didn’t make it 3-0.”
Bayern fell behind for the eighth straight game, but victory was theirs in the end.
Hansi Flick was pleased with his team’s reaction in the second half and claimed that the team stepped out with a “completely different attitude” after the break.
“We came out after the break with a completely different attitude,” the Bayern boss said. “In the first half, we didn’t do enough on the pitch, nor in terms of our mentality, attitude and fighting spirit.
“Mainz were clearly ahead of us in that respect. It was important for us to show a reaction. Our mentality is right. It’s extremely important when you’re on the pitch and know your opponents are 2-0 up and nearly score a third.”