The winter break is coming to an end and the Bundesliga players are now gearing up for the return of league action on 22 January.

With the season at its halfway point, the coaches will have a better idea of their teams' strengths, weaknesses and ambitions for the second half of the campaign. But what about the players? bundesliga.com brings you the viewpoints of the protagonists themselves in our series of in-depth interviews...

Xabi Alonso

"We have ambitious goals this season."

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Marco Reus

"The competitiveness of the Bundesliga is so high."

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Arjen Robben

"Costa and Coman have come on leaps and bounds."

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Lewis Holtby

"I know what it's like to be a fan."

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Thomas Müller

"We're going to have our cake and eat it."

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Lars Stindl

"We want to be back in the Champions League."

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Salomon Kalou

"Champions League should be a motivation, not pressure."

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Robert Lewandowski

"The most important thing is the here and now."

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Manuel Neuer

"We're on target in all competitions."

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Anthony Ujah

"Pizarro's had a positive impact for us."

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Anthony Modeste

'We want to exploit our potential'

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Kingsley Coman

'I can win a lot of trophies here'

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Mats Hummels

'Even in training, I'm motivated to win'

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Fabian Johnson

'Every player wants to win'

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