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‘I hid from everyone’ Pavard opens up on lockdown depression

Benjamin Pavard at Bayern Munich
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The Bayern Munich star dealt with a sudden dip in form after the Covid-19 lockdown.

Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard has opened up on his struggles with depression during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Following the first wave of the pandemic, Bundesliga paused in February 2020 and didn’t start again until May.

Bayern pulled off an impressive cyber-training program to keep their players in good shape during the lockdown. However, it seems that didn’t help Pavard’s mental state.

“In my head, things weren’t right. At the start, you say it’s nothing, that it will pass, but when you see that it persists and then you go to training and you don’t have a smile on your face, you have to react,” he told Le Parisien. 

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“Like everyone else, I’m human, and even if I have a beautiful house with a gym, I needed human contact. 

“I woke up in the mornings, I didn’t have an appetite. I tried to take care of myself, to cook, to watch TV series. 

“I don’t like the word depression, but it was that. I hid it from everyone but today I feel a lot better. I came out of it all a better man. It changed me.”

Pavard has started the new season with impressive form, reclaiming his starting spot at Bayern Munich. Following a shock defeat against Augsburg before the international break, the Bavarians return to action to host Bayer Leverkusen on Friday.