Hansi Flick stayed relatively cool after the second league bankruptcy of his six-pack Bayern, which was ailing in the title fight, but there was a strong wake-up call from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge before the start of the knockout phase of the Champions League.
“We have to put up with the accusation that we played too unfocused and too inconsistently in the first 30 minutes. We have a good team, we just have to play a little more committed every now and then. Sometimes we save ourselves the last few meters, “criticized the CEO of the soccer record champions from Munich after the 1: 2 (0: 2) at Eintracht Frankfurt in the” Current Sports Studio “of the ZDF, which was not worthy of a half-time performance.
At the end of a turbulent week with further staff failures, many debates away from the pitch and two sporting setbacks, Flick was clearly trying not to let any additional unrest arise. “If we play the way we did in the second half from the start, the winner will be Bayern Munich. After the break, the team was awake. Unfortunately we weren’t able to convert the chances into one point. We would have deserved it, ”said the coach, focusing on the improvement after the change.
The 26th goal of the season by Robert Lewandowski, who continues to chase Gerd Müller’s (40) Bundesliga scoring record from the 1971/71 season, was not enough in the end. National goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who was powerless when conceding Frankfurt by Daichi Kamada (12th minute) and Amin Younes (31st), was served accordingly. “ The re has to be aggressiveness on the pitch right from the start,” complained Neuer. “We didn’t learn from the Bielefeld game. It’s not enough against such a team. ”
“Completely missed the first half”
Similar criticism came from Leon Goretzka, who enlivened the Bayern game on his 45-minute comeback after surviving corona infection in the second half. “It was a top game. It is usually the great quality of FC Bayern that we are there. It wasn’t the case today. We missed the first half completely, ”complained the national player.
Within a very short time, the defending champion, who only managed a 3: 3 against Arminia Bielefeld at the beginning of the week, lost a large part of his comfortable cushion. “ The re are certainly a lot of fans who think it’s good that the top has moved closer together. It is not in our interest. We want to become German champions, ”said Rummenigge and stated in view of the missed counters on matchdays 21 and 22:“ Five points are an unusually high amount for FC Bayern. ”
The weak phase had already been indicated before the successful detour to the Club World Cup in Qatar. Rummenigge openly addressed the problems of the past few weeks. “Apparently something is wrong with the vote. The whole team has to help on the defensive, ”said the Bayern boss. The series champions have already conceded 31 goals after 22 games – more than in 29 years.
Before the round of 16 first leg in the premier class at Lazio Rome on Tuesday (9 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the Champions League and on Sky) there is a crunch in the beams of the Munich team, who have currently lost their usual sovereignty. Flick took his protégés under protection: “We have had turbulent days behind us, we mustn’t forget that. We’re only humans.”
The coach is now focusing on the factor of time and the return of important pillars such as Thomas Müller or Serge Gnabry. “It’s a long season. We’re building on the performance in the second half, ”said Flick. The players are not shaken in their self-image either. “Now it’s exciting again. We will see to it that we accelerate again and collect points, ”said Goretzka. “Little by little, players will come back too, so we’re not worried.”