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Hansi Flick has told his Bayern Munich stars to show “a different attitude right from the start” as he seeks to achieve a feat that only Pep Guardiola has accomplished before.
On Friday night, Flick can reach 100 points in his first 39 Bundesliga games in charge of the Bavarian giants, and he needs a win at Borussia Monchengladbach to reach that milestone.
But head coach Flick is unwilling to tolerate a repeat of the shaky first-half performance that saw his team trailing Mainz 2-0 on Sunday, before turning the game around to record a 5-2 win. .
Guardiola, who joined Bayern before the 2013-14 season, increased his points century in the same number of games.
That saw Guardiola lead Bayern to a championship with 90 points before starting the following season with three wins and two draws.
The Manchester City manager amassed 101 points in his first 39 Bundesliga games, and was the first Bayern manager to hit a triple-figure streak so quickly.
Flick knows that if he is to add three immediate points to his current 97 points, the European champions will have to do their best.
“We have approached it very clearly and we want to go into the game with a different attitude and dynamic,” Flick said Thursday at a pregame press conference.
“We want to be more present in the duels. We can’t just wait for Manu [goalkeeper Manuel Neuer] In the back.
“We need a different attitude from the beginning. We have to show what we are capable of. The team has this mentality. Gladbach has high individual quality and great pace. “
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Flick’s team has scored 119 goals in its 38 league games during its tenure, winning 31 times, drawing four and losing just three times.
But there’s no certainty they can beat Gladbach, having lost to the Foals in the first half of the season in each of the last three seasons before winning the reverse game.
In fact, Bayern have only won 13 of the previous 52 away games against opponents on Friday, losing 21 times and drawing 18 times.
Flick’s recent record in Friday night games bodes well for Bayern.
They started this season with an 8-0 defeat of Schalke on a Friday, and their previous game on Friday was the 8-2 humiliation of Barcelona in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
Bayern have won 16 of their last 20 matches on Friday in all competitions (D3 L1), Opta said.