Benjamin Pavard is ready to carry more responsibility now that Niklas Süle will be out for the months to come.
|Benjamin Pavard (middle).||Photo: Кирилл Венедиктов/Soccer.ru/CC-by-SA 3.0|
Benjamin Pavard says he's happy to assume more responsibility at Bayern München with his teammate Niklas Süle ruled out for months due to a long-term knee injury.
Süle has been a constant in central defence since Niko Kovac took over as Bayern coach ahead of last season, and Pavard is willing to step up in his absence.
When asked if he's now Bayern's boss in defence, Pavard told Sport1:
"I don't know, I have to talk to the coach first, then we'll see. But I've played a lot of games in a row now, and I hope I will also play against Olympiacos and take on even more responsibility. Under all circumstances, I feel good and hope that things will continue like this."
In any case, Pavard feels Bayern must improve defensively after conceding eight goals in their last four games.
"We're conceding a lot of goals at the moment. Lately, we have been letting in goals in every game. We urgently need to improve this and concede fewer goals. I hope we'll keep a clean sheet against Olympiacos - that would do us good," he said.
The 23-year-old has played 12 games for Bayern following his summer move from VfB Stuttgart.