It’s part of the team’s mindset that they want “to achieve more than only one good season,” the 25-year-old told Xinhua. The Bavarians are aiming at a second treble win.
“I hope we haven’t reached the pinnacle yet as there is always a point to prove,” the forward said before adding that determination and ambition were part of the team’s DNA.
The former Arsenal player spoke about Bayern’s recipe to gain success and his commitment to big games.
A European Super League sounds interesting in his opinion as “every player loves to play matches against top teams.”
The attacker said a league on that level might not fit the already tight schedule. “As we know from the Champions League, it is always something special to take on Europe’s elite.”
Highlight games like last season generate additional motivation, he mentioned. “Big games excite me,” he said. Last season’s encounters were a pleasure.
Gnabry talked about Bayern’s style, “as we are not satisfied when we get to the point of having beaten the opponent with some minutes left to play.”
He stated pace down the wings, a striker scoring in nearly every game, and intensive pressing as his side’s qualities.
The Bayern striker said the currently tight schedule involving mid-week games for months on end is challenging for body and mind.
“But all of us love football, and we might as well take the challenge and be happy we can continue to play,” the forward commented.
Despite Dortmund’s latest upswing, Bayern is the favorite in the German Classico. “I am happy about Dortmund’s good results lately. It is more enjoyable to beat a team facing you on eye-level.”
After some hard times in England, it took him some time to “pick myself up,” he said. On his stunning path to becoming a world-class player, he never lost his self-confidence.
“I knew what I am capable of,” he said, adding gaining consistency in both his fitness and time on the pitch was a vital factor on his journey.
He recommended young footballers to join clubs abroad to widen their horizons and trigger a vital development process.
Gnabry spoke about leaving the comfort zone and getting to know different ways of football and life. “It is no wrong thing to go abroad and learn. It’s a test of character,” he said.
With amusement, the former Arsenal player noticed his reputation as a specialist for London-based clubs after scoring six goals in two games against Tottenham and Chelsea. “The first thing I like about playing London clubs is that I can meet old friends again. That’s a huge motivation for me,” he emphasized.
The Bavarian forward called teammate Robert Lewandowski the world’s best striker as the Pole’s goal record tells a story.
Having to play without fans has its good and bad side in his mind. On the one hand, “you can hear Thomas Mueller pushing our team forward alright, and communication is much easier than before.”
Fans, though, deliver motivation footballers don’t get anywhere else.