Hansi Flick has told his Bayern Munich stars to show “a different attitude from the start” as he bids to achieve a feat only Pep Guardiola has achieved before.
On Friday evening, Flick can reach 100 points from his first 39 Bundesliga games in charge of the Bavarian giants, needing a win at Borussia Monchengladbach to hit that landmark.
But head coach Flick is unwilling to tolerate any repeat of the shaky first-half performance that saw his team trail Mainz 2-0 on Sunday, before turning the game around to register a 5-2 win.
Guardiola, who joined Bayern ahead of the 2013-14 season, brought up his century of points in the same number of games.
That saw Guardiola lead Bayern to a championship with 90 points before beginning the following season with three wins and two draws.
The Manchester City boss amassed 101 points from his first 39 Bundesliga matches, the first Bayern head coach to achieve a three-figure points haul so quickly.
Flick knows if he is to add an immediate three points to his current 97 points, the European champions will need to pull their weight.
“We have addressed it very clearly and want to go into the game with a different attitude and dynamic,” Flick said on Thursday in a pre-match news conference.
“We want to be more present in the duels. We can’t just hope for Manu [goalkeeper Manuel Neuer] at the back.
“We need a different attitude from the start. We have to show what we are capable of. The team have this mentality. Gladbach have high individual quality and great tempo.”
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Flick’s side have scored 119 goals in their 38 league games during his tenure, winning 31 times, drawing four and losing only three times.
But there is no certainty they will get the better of Gladbach, having lost to the Foals in the first half of the season in each of the last three campaigns before winning the reverse game.
Indeed, Bayern have only won 13 of 52 previous away games against Friday’s opponents, losing 21 times and drawing on 18 occasions.
Flick’s recent record in Friday night games bodes well for Bayern.
They began this season with an 8-0 thrashing of Schalke on a Friday, and their previous Friday game was the 8-2 humbling of Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Bayern have won 16 of their last 20 Friday games in all competitions (D3 L1), Opta said.
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