Hansi Flick did not want to know anything about a crisis. After the worst evening of frustration in his trophy-rich Bayern tenure, the 55-year-old struggled to get past the first knockout for the title as quickly as possible. “We have set ourselves the goal of defending the triple this year. We can get rid of that now,” said Flick. “Now we have to see that we can do things better in the future, that we get on track.”
143 days after completing the triple title with winning the Football Champions League in Lisbon, the Munich team was far removed from the August form feared throughout Europe, the Bayern DNA seems to have been deciphered. Even the second division third Holstein Kiel had prepared for it in the snow during the triumph in the penalty shootout (6: 5).
The Bundesliga leaders and Champions League round of 16 wanted to leave the troubles in the cup behind on Thursday at the latest when they returned to dreary Munich. “Now we look at what, our task is: to play football successfully. We have to get there,” said Flick after the disgrace in Kiel.
The bosses, who were wrapped up in the stands trembling, are currently not worried. CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge emphasized his trust in the coach and team, but also pointed out the “important task for Hansi Flick” of stabilizing the shaky defense.
The Bayern stars around David Alaba, who came on in the 106th minute, were served. “We’ve been talking about the first goal we conceded for some time, about this type of goal. We have to put on our shoes,” said Thomas Müller. His coach said: “These are things that we have spoken about, that we have trained. I have to secure the depth.”
After losing the ball, Bayern press very aggressively with a high back four in the opposing half. Exactly this basic tactical order, which was highly praised in the triple year, is now under discussion – the strength seems to have developed into a weak point. In the Holstein Stadium, too, Bayern’s current defensive misery was made more than clear by captain Hauke Wahl’s goal with the last action in stoppage time.
“That has nothing to do with a high standing chain. Our game idea is that we put the opponent under pressure. We didn’t manage that in as much detail as we want and can,” said Flick. But it’s not just the defense that gives the coach headaches. You have to work better not only against, but also with the ball. You have to play the last pass a little better. “We still have room for improvement.”
National players Serge Gnabry (14th) and Leroy Sane (47th) had put the favorite twice in the lead. Marc Roca failed on penalties to Kiel keeper Ioannis Gelios after Alaba had converted shortly before. Before the home game against Freiburg on Sunday, the league leaders had already conceded 24 goals – in just 15 Bundesliga games.
Since Flick took over Bavaria as the successor to Niko Kovac on November 4, 2019, things have only gone up – now the 55-year-old is challenged as a crisis manager for the first time. It also seems to be a headache for the professionals, because: “We showed for 120 minutes that we are fit,” said the coach.
Flick will not stick to his system stubbornly. You have adjusted a few things, you didn’t play from the beginning as you normally do. “Not only do we have a plan A, we also ultimately know other things to play. So it is simply due to the situation. It is always a consideration in our coaching team how we want to approach things. It is not that we don’t worry, “he said.
Bayern are no longer in the DFB Cup. That was the last time it was a good 20 years ago, when the Munich team also lost on penalties at the then top division club 1. FC Magdeburg. Oliver Kahn was in goal at the time. His current board colleague Hasan Salihamidzic had saved Bayern in extra time on November 1, 2000 with his goal to make it 1-1. Ottmar Hitzfeld sat on the bench. Despite the disappointment, his team became champions, caught Schalke at the very last second and also won the Champions League title – on penalties.