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Corentin Tolisso insists Bayern Munich must remain vigilant atop the Bundesliga table

Tolisso knows Bayern need to stay 100 percent focused

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Despite going four points clear of RB Leipzig at the top of the Bundesliga table, Corentin Tolisso knows that Bayern Munich must remain increasingly vigilant of their counterparts below them: namely Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund. The record signee from Lyon has gotten off to a fine start for the Bavarians, scoring two goals and providing two assists along the way from a total of 9 appearances in the league.

Although he was one of the players brought in by previous manager Carlo Ancelotti during the summer transfer window, Tolisso has continued to prove his worth under Jupp Heynckes. Though he was an unused substitute in Bayern's defining 3-1 win over Dortmund, Tolisso struck a positive tone speaking to about the club's sharp spike in form under Heynckes:

Since Jupp Heynckes took over as our coach everything has been going very well. Since he returned to Munich we've won every game in all competitions. We're enjoying a good run of form and we did a good job in Dortmund. Now it's about keeping it up.

The French international was also quick to downplay any suggestion that Bayern were in pole position to run away with the title this early on with how good they've been playing in recent weeks:

The end of the season is still a long way off, we've only played 11 games. Anything is still possible, and we've already talked about how things can go quickly in football. We simply need to keep working hard in order to do what is expected of us. Leipzig made life hard for us in the DFB Cup, they're a team who will be battling up at the top of the table. And Borussia [Dortmund] will bounce back, because they have a squad bursting with quality.

With Heynckes' preference to play Javi Martinez as a central defensive midfielder just in front of the back four, Tolisso is forced to compete for minutes with the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Arturo Vidal, and Sebastian Rudy in their like-for-like midfield roles. Tolisso's shown his tactical ability and presence of mind to work well in a dual pivot with either of three just in front of Martinez. For Heynckes, the luxury of depth in that particular area of the pitch helps eliminate the potential for complacency that seemed to be a lingering problem under Ancelotti.

Tolisso touched upon the stability that Heynckes tries to instill into the squad day in and day out on the training ground:

The coach puts a lot of emphasis on discipline and solidarity. We've been working hard on our defending, which makes us more compact during games. We have greater balance, which is very important when you're trying to find the happy medium between attack and defence. We're definitely on the right track...Training in Germany is very different to what I was used to in France, the sessions are much more intense. In the Bundesliga, teams go on the attack as soon as they win possession back. I'm also impressed by how teams get organised when they lose the ball.

The numbers aren't bad, but his hunger to continue to grow under Heynckes is part of what makes him so promising:

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