Gomez keen for Bayern to keep their nerve
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Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez believes the team's recent dip in form is down to the pressure they are under to win silverware.
Bayern made a flying start to the season and looked as though they would romp to the Bundesliga crown until things took a turn for the worse after the winter break.
Since the turn of the year Bayern have fallen from their pedestal at the top of the league and Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Bayer Levekusen has left them seven points behind Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund.
The German giants have also left themselves with some work to do if they are to progress in the Champions League after they lost the first leg of their last-16 clash 1-0 to Basel.
Germany striker Gomez believes the expectation placed on the club is beginning to affect their performances on the pitch and admits they need to deal with the pressure better.
"We absolutely want to win and we know we need to win. But then we open up and run into problems," Gomez told Goal.com.
"Due to the pressure of having to win, we get nervous and insecure. This should not happen to us.
"But when it does, we no longer play with the necessary discipline, we are no longer compact and we do not wait for the opponents to make a mistake anymore."
The 26-year-old went on to say that the recent dip in form wasn't down to coach Jupp Heynckes and has backed Bayern's manager to help set things right.