Interview

Bayern’s barricade

As the German club look to keep their hands on the trophy, their defence will need to keep the very best at bay – Kylian Mbappé, anyone? Step forward Lucas Hernandez…

Lucas Hernandez has won everything there is to win since Bayern broke their transfer record to sign him in 2019. On the eve of his club’s crucial quarter-final tie against Paris Saint-Germain, the French international reflects on injury, teammates and a competitive streak that just can’t be satisfied.

You’ve been at Bayern for 18 months now. Has training with a wealth of world-class attackers helped to improve your game?

Yes, obviously, and we’re well aware that top-level football is played in training. It allows you to improve in every session; you give 100% because you’re up against players running so fast. You need to be ready for that. It’s a positive thing that we always give our all in training, as it allows us to always be ready for a game.

Is there a competitive atmosphere in training?

A lot of players have a competitive spirit. Everyone always wants to win in training, regardless of the side they’re assigned to. We train to win, even in low-possession games. That’s what makes a difference in big games and competitions; you can always tell how competitive we are as players. 

The ankle injury that you suffered and the surgery that you underwent must have been frustrating. How did you deal with being in the stands and watching the team?

Yeah, it was tough because I was coming back from a knee injury and, not long after that, I injured my ankle. Those were tough times but in my head, I told myself to be strong because if I kept working hard, it would pay off. I feel great now, and now is the time for me to keep enjoying myself and giving everything on the pitch.

Alphonso Davies took his chance to play and progress within the squad. Has his development pushed you to improve even further?

Yes, of course. There are great players in every position, and it’s up to each player to motivate the others and to show the coach that they deserve to play, then the coach makes a decision. Alphonso is doing really well, so it’s up to me to work hard to earn my place. 

Lucas Hernandez hobbled off in the Champions League last season


What are his strengths as a left-back?

Originally he was a left-winger, so it’s a characteristic of his to break forward and beat players with his pace – and he’s a very good attacking player. Defensively too he’s improving. So, he’s a great player with a big future ahead of him and, if he keeps this up, I think that he’ll keep being one of the world’s best left-backs for quite some time.

Do you ever give each other advice?

In training before big matches we tell each other, for example, “He goes around the outside,” or, “He’s left-footed.” We talk more about our opponents than about our own positioning, but we have a great relationship. We laugh a lot in training, we’re close and that’s what makes the difference. Given that we’re in competition all week long, sticking together and having a good relationship helps. 

You have the versatility to play as a left-back as well as a central defender. Is it easy to switch between positions from game to game?

It’s natural to me now because I’ve played in the two positions ever since I was young. It’s true that the movements aren’t the same for left-backs and in the centre; they aren’t the same positions at all. But once I’m in the centre or on the left, mentally, I know what movements to make; how to defend and how to attack. So it’s something I have in my mind and when I play in those positions, my automatic reflexes naturally improve. 

You’re the reigning champions. Has it been more difficult to defend the title this season than it was to win it last year?

No, we know it’s the Champions League, the biggest tournament in the world at club level. And now it’s on us to keep fighting for it, to go to Paris and qualify for the semi-final because we’re motivated and we want to get as far as possible. We want to get to the final and win it one more time, that’s for sure.

Lucas Hernandez has won everything there is to win since Bayern broke their transfer record to sign him in 2019. On the eve of his club’s crucial quarter-final tie against Paris Saint-Germain, the French international reflects on injury, teammates and a competitive streak that just can’t be satisfied.

You’ve been at Bayern for 18 months now. Has training with a wealth of world-class attackers helped to improve your game?

Yes, obviously, and we’re well aware that top-level football is played in training. It allows you to improve in every session; you give 100% because you’re up against players running so fast. You need to be ready for that. It’s a positive thing that we always give our all in training, as it allows us to always be ready for a game.

Is there a competitive atmosphere in training?

A lot of players have a competitive spirit. Everyone always wants to win in training, regardless of the side they’re assigned to. We train to win, even in low-possession games. That’s what makes a difference in big games and competitions; you can always tell how competitive we are as players. 

The ankle injury that you suffered and the surgery that you underwent must have been frustrating. How did you deal with being in the stands and watching the team?

Yeah, it was tough because I was coming back from a knee injury and, not long after that, I injured my ankle. Those were tough times but in my head, I told myself to be strong because if I kept working hard, it would pay off. I feel great now, and now is the time for me to keep enjoying myself and giving everything on the pitch.

Alphonso Davies took his chance to play and progress within the squad. Has his development pushed you to improve even further?

Yes, of course. There are great players in every position, and it’s up to each player to motivate the others and to show the coach that they deserve to play, then the coach makes a decision. Alphonso is doing really well, so it’s up to me to work hard to earn my place. 

Lucas Hernandez hobbled off in the Champions League last season


What are his strengths as a left-back?

Originally he was a left-winger, so it’s a characteristic of his to break forward and beat players with his pace – and he’s a very good attacking player. Defensively too he’s improving. So, he’s a great player with a big future ahead of him and, if he keeps this up, I think that he’ll keep being one of the world’s best left-backs for quite some time.

Do you ever give each other advice?

In training before big matches we tell each other, for example, “He goes around the outside,” or, “He’s left-footed.” We talk more about our opponents than about our own positioning, but we have a great relationship. We laugh a lot in training, we’re close and that’s what makes the difference. Given that we’re in competition all week long, sticking together and having a good relationship helps. 

You have the versatility to play as a left-back as well as a central defender. Is it easy to switch between positions from game to game?

It’s natural to me now because I’ve played in the two positions ever since I was young. It’s true that the movements aren’t the same for left-backs and in the centre; they aren’t the same positions at all. But once I’m in the centre or on the left, mentally, I know what movements to make; how to defend and how to attack. So it’s something I have in my mind and when I play in those positions, my automatic reflexes naturally improve. 

You’re the reigning champions. Has it been more difficult to defend the title this season than it was to win it last year?

No, we know it’s the Champions League, the biggest tournament in the world at club level. And now it’s on us to keep fighting for it, to go to Paris and qualify for the semi-final because we’re motivated and we want to get as far as possible. We want to get to the final and win it one more time, that’s for sure.

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Lucas Hernandez has won everything there is to win since Bayern broke their transfer record to sign him in 2019. On the eve of his club’s crucial quarter-final tie against Paris Saint-Germain, the French international reflects on injury, teammates and a competitive streak that just can’t be satisfied.

You’ve been at Bayern for 18 months now. Has training with a wealth of world-class attackers helped to improve your game?

Yes, obviously, and we’re well aware that top-level football is played in training. It allows you to improve in every session; you give 100% because you’re up against players running so fast. You need to be ready for that. It’s a positive thing that we always give our all in training, as it allows us to always be ready for a game.

Is there a competitive atmosphere in training?

A lot of players have a competitive spirit. Everyone always wants to win in training, regardless of the side they’re assigned to. We train to win, even in low-possession games. That’s what makes a difference in big games and competitions; you can always tell how competitive we are as players. 

The ankle injury that you suffered and the surgery that you underwent must have been frustrating. How did you deal with being in the stands and watching the team?

Yeah, it was tough because I was coming back from a knee injury and, not long after that, I injured my ankle. Those were tough times but in my head, I told myself to be strong because if I kept working hard, it would pay off. I feel great now, and now is the time for me to keep enjoying myself and giving everything on the pitch.

Alphonso Davies took his chance to play and progress within the squad. Has his development pushed you to improve even further?

Yes, of course. There are great players in every position, and it’s up to each player to motivate the others and to show the coach that they deserve to play, then the coach makes a decision. Alphonso is doing really well, so it’s up to me to work hard to earn my place. 

Lucas Hernandez hobbled off in the Champions League last season


What are his strengths as a left-back?

Originally he was a left-winger, so it’s a characteristic of his to break forward and beat players with his pace – and he’s a very good attacking player. Defensively too he’s improving. So, he’s a great player with a big future ahead of him and, if he keeps this up, I think that he’ll keep being one of the world’s best left-backs for quite some time.

Do you ever give each other advice?

In training before big matches we tell each other, for example, “He goes around the outside,” or, “He’s left-footed.” We talk more about our opponents than about our own positioning, but we have a great relationship. We laugh a lot in training, we’re close and that’s what makes the difference. Given that we’re in competition all week long, sticking together and having a good relationship helps. 

You have the versatility to play as a left-back as well as a central defender. Is it easy to switch between positions from game to game?

It’s natural to me now because I’ve played in the two positions ever since I was young. It’s true that the movements aren’t the same for left-backs and in the centre; they aren’t the same positions at all. But once I’m in the centre or on the left, mentally, I know what movements to make; how to defend and how to attack. So it’s something I have in my mind and when I play in those positions, my automatic reflexes naturally improve. 

You’re the reigning champions. Has it been more difficult to defend the title this season than it was to win it last year?

No, we know it’s the Champions League, the biggest tournament in the world at club level. And now it’s on us to keep fighting for it, to go to Paris and qualify for the semi-final because we’re motivated and we want to get as far as possible. We want to get to the final and win it one more time, that’s for sure.

Bayern’s barricade
Interview

Bayern’s barricade

As the German club look to keep their hands on the trophy, their defence will need to keep the very best at bay – Kylian Mbappé, anyone? Step forward Lucas Hernandez…

Lucas Hernandez has won everything there is to win since Bayern broke their transfer record to sign him in 2019. On the eve of his club’s crucial quarter-final tie against Paris Saint-Germain, the French international reflects on injury, teammates and a competitive streak that just can’t be satisfied.

You’ve been at Bayern for 18 months now. Has training with a wealth of world-class attackers helped to improve your game?

Yes, obviously, and we’re well aware that top-level football is played in training. It allows you to improve in every session; you give 100% because you’re up against players running so fast. You need to be ready for that. It’s a positive thing that we always give our all in training, as it allows us to always be ready for a game.

Is there a competitive atmosphere in training?

A lot of players have a competitive spirit. Everyone always wants to win in training, regardless of the side they’re assigned to. We train to win, even in low-possession games. That’s what makes a difference in big games and competitions; you can always tell how competitive we are as players. 

The ankle injury that you suffered and the surgery that you underwent must have been frustrating. How did you deal with being in the stands and watching the team?

Yeah, it was tough because I was coming back from a knee injury and, not long after that, I injured my ankle. Those were tough times but in my head, I told myself to be strong because if I kept working hard, it would pay off. I feel great now, and now is the time for me to keep enjoying myself and giving everything on the pitch.

Alphonso Davies took his chance to play and progress within the squad. Has his development pushed you to improve even further?

Yes, of course. There are great players in every position, and it’s up to each player to motivate the others and to show the coach that they deserve to play, then the coach makes a decision. Alphonso is doing really well, so it’s up to me to work hard to earn my place. 

Lucas Hernandez hobbled off in the Champions League last season


What are his strengths as a left-back?

Originally he was a left-winger, so it’s a characteristic of his to break forward and beat players with his pace – and he’s a very good attacking player. Defensively too he’s improving. So, he’s a great player with a big future ahead of him and, if he keeps this up, I think that he’ll keep being one of the world’s best left-backs for quite some time.

Do you ever give each other advice?

In training before big matches we tell each other, for example, “He goes around the outside,” or, “He’s left-footed.” We talk more about our opponents than about our own positioning, but we have a great relationship. We laugh a lot in training, we’re close and that’s what makes the difference. Given that we’re in competition all week long, sticking together and having a good relationship helps. 

You have the versatility to play as a left-back as well as a central defender. Is it easy to switch between positions from game to game?

It’s natural to me now because I’ve played in the two positions ever since I was young. It’s true that the movements aren’t the same for left-backs and in the centre; they aren’t the same positions at all. But once I’m in the centre or on the left, mentally, I know what movements to make; how to defend and how to attack. So it’s something I have in my mind and when I play in those positions, my automatic reflexes naturally improve. 

You’re the reigning champions. Has it been more difficult to defend the title this season than it was to win it last year?

No, we know it’s the Champions League, the biggest tournament in the world at club level. And now it’s on us to keep fighting for it, to go to Paris and qualify for the semi-final because we’re motivated and we want to get as far as possible. We want to get to the final and win it one more time, that’s for sure.

Penalty Pedigree

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Lucas Hernandez has won everything there is to win since Bayern broke their transfer record to sign him in 2019. On the eve of his club’s crucial quarter-final tie against Paris Saint-Germain, the French international reflects on injury, teammates and a competitive streak that just can’t be satisfied.

You’ve been at Bayern for 18 months now. Has training with a wealth of world-class attackers helped to improve your game?

Yes, obviously, and we’re well aware that top-level football is played in training. It allows you to improve in every session; you give 100% because you’re up against players running so fast. You need to be ready for that. It’s a positive thing that we always give our all in training, as it allows us to always be ready for a game.

Is there a competitive atmosphere in training?

A lot of players have a competitive spirit. Everyone always wants to win in training, regardless of the side they’re assigned to. We train to win, even in low-possession games. That’s what makes a difference in big games and competitions; you can always tell how competitive we are as players. 

The ankle injury that you suffered and the surgery that you underwent must have been frustrating. How did you deal with being in the stands and watching the team?

Yeah, it was tough because I was coming back from a knee injury and, not long after that, I injured my ankle. Those were tough times but in my head, I told myself to be strong because if I kept working hard, it would pay off. I feel great now, and now is the time for me to keep enjoying myself and giving everything on the pitch.

Alphonso Davies took his chance to play and progress within the squad. Has his development pushed you to improve even further?

Yes, of course. There are great players in every position, and it’s up to each player to motivate the others and to show the coach that they deserve to play, then the coach makes a decision. Alphonso is doing really well, so it’s up to me to work hard to earn my place. 

Lucas Hernandez hobbled off in the Champions League last season


What are his strengths as a left-back?

Originally he was a left-winger, so it’s a characteristic of his to break forward and beat players with his pace – and he’s a very good attacking player. Defensively too he’s improving. So, he’s a great player with a big future ahead of him and, if he keeps this up, I think that he’ll keep being one of the world’s best left-backs for quite some time.

Do you ever give each other advice?

In training before big matches we tell each other, for example, “He goes around the outside,” or, “He’s left-footed.” We talk more about our opponents than about our own positioning, but we have a great relationship. We laugh a lot in training, we’re close and that’s what makes the difference. Given that we’re in competition all week long, sticking together and having a good relationship helps. 

You have the versatility to play as a left-back as well as a central defender. Is it easy to switch between positions from game to game?

It’s natural to me now because I’ve played in the two positions ever since I was young. It’s true that the movements aren’t the same for left-backs and in the centre; they aren’t the same positions at all. But once I’m in the centre or on the left, mentally, I know what movements to make; how to defend and how to attack. So it’s something I have in my mind and when I play in those positions, my automatic reflexes naturally improve. 

You’re the reigning champions. Has it been more difficult to defend the title this season than it was to win it last year?

No, we know it’s the Champions League, the biggest tournament in the world at club level. And now it’s on us to keep fighting for it, to go to Paris and qualify for the semi-final because we’re motivated and we want to get as far as possible. We want to get to the final and win it one more time, that’s for sure.

Read the full story
Sign up now to get access to this and every premium feature on Champions Journal. You will also get access to member-only competitions and offers. And you get all of that completely free!

Lucas Hernandez has won everything there is to win since Bayern broke their transfer record to sign him in 2019. On the eve of his club’s crucial quarter-final tie against Paris Saint-Germain, the French international reflects on injury, teammates and a competitive streak that just can’t be satisfied.

You’ve been at Bayern for 18 months now. Has training with a wealth of world-class attackers helped to improve your game?

Yes, obviously, and we’re well aware that top-level football is played in training. It allows you to improve in every session; you give 100% because you’re up against players running so fast. You need to be ready for that. It’s a positive thing that we always give our all in training, as it allows us to always be ready for a game.

Is there a competitive atmosphere in training?

A lot of players have a competitive spirit. Everyone always wants to win in training, regardless of the side they’re assigned to. We train to win, even in low-possession games. That’s what makes a difference in big games and competitions; you can always tell how competitive we are as players. 

The ankle injury that you suffered and the surgery that you underwent must have been frustrating. How did you deal with being in the stands and watching the team?

Yeah, it was tough because I was coming back from a knee injury and, not long after that, I injured my ankle. Those were tough times but in my head, I told myself to be strong because if I kept working hard, it would pay off. I feel great now, and now is the time for me to keep enjoying myself and giving everything on the pitch.

Alphonso Davies took his chance to play and progress within the squad. Has his development pushed you to improve even further?

Yes, of course. There are great players in every position, and it’s up to each player to motivate the others and to show the coach that they deserve to play, then the coach makes a decision. Alphonso is doing really well, so it’s up to me to work hard to earn my place. 

Lucas Hernandez hobbled off in the Champions League last season


What are his strengths as a left-back?

Originally he was a left-winger, so it’s a characteristic of his to break forward and beat players with his pace – and he’s a very good attacking player. Defensively too he’s improving. So, he’s a great player with a big future ahead of him and, if he keeps this up, I think that he’ll keep being one of the world’s best left-backs for quite some time.

Do you ever give each other advice?

In training before big matches we tell each other, for example, “He goes around the outside,” or, “He’s left-footed.” We talk more about our opponents than about our own positioning, but we have a great relationship. We laugh a lot in training, we’re close and that’s what makes the difference. Given that we’re in competition all week long, sticking together and having a good relationship helps. 

You have the versatility to play as a left-back as well as a central defender. Is it easy to switch between positions from game to game?

It’s natural to me now because I’ve played in the two positions ever since I was young. It’s true that the movements aren’t the same for left-backs and in the centre; they aren’t the same positions at all. But once I’m in the centre or on the left, mentally, I know what movements to make; how to defend and how to attack. So it’s something I have in my mind and when I play in those positions, my automatic reflexes naturally improve. 

You’re the reigning champions. Has it been more difficult to defend the title this season than it was to win it last year?

No, we know it’s the Champions League, the biggest tournament in the world at club level. And now it’s on us to keep fighting for it, to go to Paris and qualify for the semi-final because we’re motivated and we want to get as far as possible. We want to get to the final and win it one more time, that’s for sure.

Penalty Pedigree

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