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Bayern Munich are all but certain to be German champions for an eighth year in a row – and their manager Hansi Flick is not taking anything for granted.
The Bundesliga has already resumed action this month, and Bayern are in top form like they never closed for a minute. They have won all their league games with aplomb, including their latest 1-0 win against Borussia Dortmund. Their previous two games were 5-2 and 2-0 victories respectively.
Flick has now vowed to keep the spirits high as the season progresses.
“I’m thinking about how to keep the tension high,” said Flick on Friday.
The Bayern boss has hailed his side for coming through despite the intensity and also believes that the game against Borussia Dortmund was a typical Champions League type of clash.
“The schedule was relatively tight through the English week,” Flick said. “The Dortmund game was on the level of a Champions League game, two top teams against each other.
“A lot was invested there. Now it is important to build on this, especially in the home game. Next week is a normal week and then there is another English week. So the workload is similar to that of the Champions League.”
Regarding the actual Champions League, in which Bayern hold a 3-0 first-leg advantage over Chelsea in their last-16 tie , Flick is not yet looking in that direction.
He said: “The Bundesliga is my focus and then the cup semi-final against Frankfurt. What comes after June is still a long way off.”
Chelsea are yet to resume action as the Premier League is to kick off next month, and one can only wonder what holds for Chelsea when the Blues return to the Allianz Arena – the ground famous for our Champions League triumph in 2012.