Flick seeks stronger defence as Bayern visit Stuttgart

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich - Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany - November 7, 2020 Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick is interviewed on the pitch before the match Pool via REUTERS/Martin Meissner

(Reuters) - Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick said on Friday he is concerned by the "unforced errors" that his team are making in defence and looking for improvements when they take on VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Bayern are top of the German top-flight with 19 points from eight matches and have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League with two group games to spare following a 3-1 victory over Salzburg on Wednesday.

But Flick believes his team is not at 100% yet, having conceded 12 goals in the league this season, and said they must iron out the flaws quickly.

"When we have the ball we make too many mistakes. In tennis, they call them unforced errors. Nobody expects a bad pass, which means you position yourself differently," Flick told reporters.

"We have to play more patiently from time to time and get more pressure on the ball. The defence, like the attack, is a team effort. Everyone has to participate.

"It's clear the concentration isn't always at 100%... but we win games. We have to make sure that we can get a grip on the few things that we don't do well, study the analysis and give the players solutions for the Stuttgart game."

Flick said midfielder Corentin Tolisso (muscular injury) and defender Benjamin Pavard (knock) had recovered from injuries and would be available for the clash at eighth-placed Stuttgart.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Philippa Fletcher)

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