Flick's most important statements ahead of Schalke

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After the 4-0 victory away to Hertha, FC Bayern contest their first home match in 2020 on Saturday. The German record champions take on FC Schalke, lying fifth in the table, and crucial points in the fight for top spot are at stake in the Bundesliga top clash on Matchday 19.

Coach Hansi Flick talked about the personnel situation and Saturday's opponents at the Säbener Strasse on Friday. fcbayern.com has compiled his most important statements.

Hansi Flick on…

… upcoming opponents FC Schalke:

"I was very impressed by Schalke's display against Gladbach. How they pressed, how well they built up their attacks and that they won deservedly. It'll be a very tough match."

… Bayern's role as hunters in the Bundesliga:

"We're aware of the situation. We must focus on ourselves, it's important to live up to our full potential. We mustn't look at our rivals. They're all fired up and see a chance of winning the championship title this year. We must make sure we perform well and live up to our full potential in every match. Then it'll be like in the last few years: whoever wants to win the title must beat us."

… Joshua Kimmich, who is available again after serving a one-match ban:

"Joshua Kimmich is a role model. He's 100 percent motivated in every training session, he always gives it everything, he always wants to learn more and improve. I really like this trait. He'll play."

Back in action: world champion Lucas Hernández completed the full squad programme.

… Álvaro Odriozola making an appearance:

"I'll leave it open. He's making a very good impression, he's a good player. He's an attack-minded defender, he can introduce speed, he's very agile, his crosses are good. I'll decide at short notice. We have another option now, which makes us more flexible."

…Lucas Hernández' fitness:

"He's making good progress, he completed the full training session today and did quite well. We must see how his ankle reacts to the workload."