Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac is refusing to panic even though his team are six points behind Borussia Dortmund at the halfway point of the season.
Bayern are second at the winter break after winning their last five matches and Kovac is keen to extend their successful run when the campaign restarts next month.
Former Eintracht Frankfurt coach Kovac said: "I feel we're the Bayern from the start of the season again, that we've restored our ease and confidence - and that the lads are fired up to give it everything and put up a fierce fight against Borussia Dortmund.
"It was a half year with many facets, very emotional, and certainly not boring. We had many good periods but also had to weather difficult ones. However, taken altogether we're on a good track, and at the end of the day our conclusion to the six months is positive.
"Of course we wished for a good start. We worked very hard for it during pre-season. We dominated the matches.
"Unfortunately we then had a little barren spell. The coaching staff thought about it a lot: the reasons why. Maybe we allowed ourselves to be influenced too much by what was suggested: that we're unbeatable and that we'll clinch the championship title again with a huge cushion."
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