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The players from Cologne and Munich are together after the game. © Sven Hoppe/dpa

Two 1-1 draws after the long World Cup break are not enough for the high demands of FC Bayern. Coach, sports director and captain speak clear words before the top game against Frankfurt.

Munich – After the utter false start to the new football year averted at the last minute, sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic spoke bluntly ahead of the final game of the English week against Eintracht Frankfurt at Bayern Munich. “It is time for us to change, for us to start the same way we played in the second half, for us to understand that the championship is on the line now,” Salihamidzic said after the 1-1 draw against 1.FC Cologne.

Four days earlier, the first round of the Bundesliga had also been played 1-1 in the highest game at RB Leipzig. Coach Julian Nagelsmann made a similar statement after the German series champion stuttered by two points after the long World Cup break, which seems to be having an effect on a number of Munich pros. There had previously been ten competitive wins in a row, Bayern played dominantly and effectively.

“We set the benchmark for ourselves in the second half,” Nagelsmann said of the improvement in performance in the much better second half against Cologne. “We should be able to do that for 90 minutes,” the 35-year-old demanded.

Kimmich: “I have to be more greedy and with grip”

Captain Joshua Kimmich had provided the late but deserved equalizer at the Allianz Arena against Cologne with a watchable and untenable long-range shot. He also praised his team’s performance after the break and criticized the first part of the match. “For me it’s a question of attitude. We have to be more greedy and with more grip, that’s what distinguished us last year,” said Kimmich.

Salihamidzic sees recruiting deficits among some Munich players. But there are also “some guys who want to bring the right mentality to the field. We have already had some bright spots”, said the sporting director. For example, the goalscorer Kimmich, Leroy Sané or the French substitute Kingsley Coman, who was recommended for a starting eleven in the top game on Saturday (6:30 p.m.) at the Munich Arena against the pursuers Eintracht Frankfurt. dpa

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