World Cup winner reveals focus for season after Bayern beat Real Madrid

The future of France international and 2018 FIFA World Cup winner, Paul Pogba, could still be subject to speculation with talk of a move to Real Madrid still going around, but the Manchester United midfielder’s compatriot is looking forward to a successful season at his club.

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Benjamin Pavard, who scored the goal of the tournament last year in Russia before sealing a move from VfB Stuttgard to Bayern Munich after the World Cup, has assured fans of German champions that the club will enjoy a successful season.

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The defender was speaking after the Bavarians got their 2019 International Champions Cup campaign back on track with a 3-1 win over Spanish giants, Real Madrid, who have been linled all summer with a move for Pogba.

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“We were strong, we defended very well, attacked very well,” he said after the match in Houston, USA. “We scored three goals. We conceded a goal, which is annoying, but it does not matter. We just must remember the fact we won. We feel better and better.”

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Bayern had started their ICC 2019 campaign with a 2-1 loss to Arsenal but the win over Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid has given Pavard confidence that Bayern can go on to end the 2019/20 campaign with titles, saying the team is filled with quality players and there will be nothing to worry about even with one or two defeats along the way.

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He added: “Of course, it’s a very big club, which has a habit of winning a lot of titles. We know that if we lose one or two matches in the season, it’s a kind of a little crisis. But I don’t worry: we really have a very good squad and a great atmosphere. It will be okay.”

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The versatile player who can play as a right-back or in central defence added: “I have a lot of confidence. There is a very good atmosphere. On the pitch, we can see that everyone takes pleasure. We are making every effort together.”

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Next up for Bayern are matches against AC Milan and Fenerbahce in their remaining pre-season games before meeting Borussia Dortmund on August 3 at Signal Iduna Park, with the opportunity to lift the first silverware of the season up for grabs at the German Super Cup.

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The Bavarians then take on Energie Cottbus in the first round of the DFB-Pokal before getting their 2019/20 Bundesliga campaign started with a home match against Hertha Berlin on August 16 as they look to secure their eighth title in a row.

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What do you make of Pavard’s comments? Will Bayern successfully defend the German league title and pick up titles in other major competitions? Share your views about it with us in the comment section.

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