Hansi Flick hailed his side’s “mentality” after they moved seven points clear at the Bundesliga summit with a 1-0 win over RB Leipzig on Saturday.
Leon Goretzka’s third goal in his last four top-flight games proved the difference at the Red Bull Arena as Bayern took a significant step towards a ninth consecutive Bundesliga title.
It marked the 62nd consecutive match in which Bayern have found the back of the net, setting a new record in Germany football since the Bundesliga was founded in 1963.
Bayern did not have it all their own way against Leipzig, who had 14 shots to their nine, and Flick acknowledged his side had to use all of their mental strength to claim all three points against their second-placed hosts.
“It was a top game and Leipzig showed why they are right up there,” he told Sky. “We were on the trigger right from the start.
“We didn’t play forward as we would have wanted, but the goal was played out nicely. Leipzig caused us some problems, but the morale and mentality of my players is really excellent.”
Goretzka’s goal was created by Thomas Muller, who has now been involved in 11 goals in his last 10 Bundesliga games (four goals, seven assists).
The 31-year-old has not played for Germany since November 2018 after being deemed surplus to requirements by Joachim Low.
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However, there have been growing calls for him to be recalled for the rescheduled Euro 2020 at the end of the domestic season.
Flick praised Muller for his “sensational” campaign, but said he did not want to influence Low, who he was assistant to between 2006 and 2014.
“I don’t have to interfere,” he added. “Thomas Muller is playing a sensational season. He can be important for other teams too, but in the end it has to be decided by Jogi.
“He pushes his team-mates again and again, also in training. I am glad that we have such players in our ranks.”
No side leading the Bundesliga by at least seven points after 27 games has failed to go on and win the title, but goalscorer Goretzka is refusing to get carried away.
“There are still 21 points to be awarded,” he said. “It was a big step, but not the decisive one.”
Bayern host Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday before welcoming Union Berlin to the Allianz Arena in the Bundesliga four days later.
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