Bayern happy to take risks even if defensive record suffers

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Bundesliga - FC Cologne v Bayern Munich - RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, Germany - October 31, 2020 Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick during the match Pool via REUTERS/Christian Kaspar-Bartke

(Reuters) - Taking risks is part of Bayern Munich’s aggressive style even if it means conceding goals, coach Hansi Flick said on Friday as he discussed his team’s defensive record.

The Bavarians have been in rampant form this season, winning all but one game in all competitions, and the only criticism that could be levelled against them is their defensive record - the worst in the top half of the Bundesliga with nine conceded.

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund, who they face in Saturday’s Klassiker, have let in only two. The two sides are level at the top of the Bundesliga with 15 points from six games.

“Of course we would like to have fewer goals against us,” Flick told reporters. “But we also see the positive side -- we have won all our games with the exception of Hoffenheim.

“Defensively, we still have some room for improvement as a team. We play with a certain amount of risk. We have more new players at the moment... and only have a little time to train,” he added.

“Of course, as coach you look on the team with a critical eye, but you have to see that we have been playing excellently for weeks.”

Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Christian Radnedge