André Silva ahead of Bayern Munich clash: “reduce the gap to Bayern.”

Speaking in an interview with Kicker, RB Leipzig forward André Silva has spoken about his role at the club, head coach Marco Rose, and the upcoming game against league leaders Bayern Munich. 

Coming off the back of representing Portugal at the 2022 World Cup, Silva is currently in a rich vein of form and ready to kickstart the Saxons’ Bundesliga campaign. This has been highlighted by recent comments made by Marco Rose, who has put his trust in Leipzig’s most expensive-ever player. 

“(It) means a lot to me. If you have your boss’s trust, that strengthens you,” explained Silva. He continues: “in this respect, his statement gives me even more motivation. But it also makes me responsible for continuing to work hard – or even a little harder.”

Now in his second season at Leipzig, the 27-year-old has had to adapt to a new role within the team. Now more of a playmaker, Silva may not be scoring as frequently but is providing more assists for his side. 

In Leipzig, however, I act a little differently than I did in Frankfurt,” says the forward. “Especially in the current season, I’m sometimes used almost as a kind of playmaker, so the number of assists is particularly interesting.”

On Friday evening, RB Leipzig will raise the Bundesliga 2023 curtain as they host current leaders Bayern Munich. Silva and his side will be looking to pull Bayern back and ensure that they themselves are still within touching distance of the title. 

Silva explains: “It’s still a long time before the title is awarded. We still have a lot of work and many games ahead of us.” However, ultimately Leipzig’s goal is “to reduce the gap to Bayern.”

GGFN | Jamie Allen

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