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Uli Hoeneß and Oliver Kahn know what makes up the DNA for Bayern Munich players

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Bayern Munich’s players have an insatiable desire for success.

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In a recent interview with Sport1, Bayern Munich board members were asked what goes into the “DNA of Bayern” players.

Not shockingly, both Uli Hoeneß and Oliver Kahn had a lot to say about that topic.

“That actually means a lot to us. When you see how the team is happy, how the team is celebrating and enjoying the success, I can’t see any signs of wear and tear,” Kahn said. “Now the team is setting the next big goal. It can achieve something that no club in one of the top European leagues has achieved: a tenth championship in a row.”

Hoeneß echoed that sentiment.

“We have a strong team that is inspired by winning titles. Joshua Kimmich said on the championship night that he now wants to become European champion — he doesn’t even want to go on vacation beforehand. Oliver Kahn used to be the same. This is what Bayern Munich players are made of,” Hoeneß said.

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Joshua Kimmich is one example of a player with “Bayern DNA.”
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Kahn, however, chimed in with a little joke: “I didn’t think going on vacation was that bad.”

When asked if they could “tolerate” a season without a title, Hoeneß noted that it was a possibility each and every year.

“Basically it is always possible — but at Bayern we will never say: No title is not that bad, either. This can happen under certain conditions, but we’re hardly losing any quality in the new season,” Hoeneß said. “What (players) we lost, we have replaced with Dayot Upamecano.”

With regard to the roster changes, Hoeneß insisted that COVID-19’s effect on the club’s finances prevented Bayern Munich from being able to make moves as freely as they could have in years past.

“You have to realize what the corona crisis means for FC Bayern. We are missing 80 to 100 million euros in audience income. And we won’t get it back either,” Hoeneß said. “That means all clubs that work responsibly cannot make large investments. And I never shared the view that the team has gotten worse. We would have achieved even more in the Champions League this year if Robert Lewandowski hadn’t been injured against Paris.”

Kahn noted that Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry were also missing from the Champions League tilt as well.