Moscow (dpa) – Hansi Flick hooked up on the extra-short trip from Bayern to Russia for the overnight flight back to Munich.
After the tough 2: 1 (1: 0) against Lokomotiv Moscow, the three-time coach emphasized the mentality of his team, which not only continued their winning streak in the best football in Europe with the 13th success, but also remained clearly on track for the eighth finals.
“Work victory, tick it off – and now we prepare for Cologne,” said Flick at the press conference in the RŽD-Arena. The 55-year-old praised the “moral that even if the opponent wins a little bit, you still have the quality to make it 2-1”.
National player Joshua Kimmich forced the winning goal in the 79th minute with a seeded volley in front of 8196 spectators. Captain Manuel Neuer also praised the distinct winning mentality: “We always believe in ourselves, this spirit is in the team.”
After the optimal yield of six points, Munich leads Group A with six points ahead of Atlético Madrid (3), Moscow (1) and Red Bull Salzburg (1). The Austrian champion, next Tuesday’s Bayern opponent, lost 2: 3 in Madrid.
Striking at FC Bayern is the goal danger from midfield, which is increasingly developing into the power source of the Munich match. Corentin Tolisso and Leon Goretzka had already met each other in the 4-0 opening win against Atlético. This time Goretzka headed the 1-0. And Kimmich was successful after Anton Mirantschuk equalized.
“Of course I am happy that our midfielders are dangerous”, Flick said after “the two goals of our sixes”. Kimmich, the match winner, felt some sort of obligation to perform after missing a great opportunity to make it 2-0. “That looked stupid,” said the 25-year-old of the missed opportunity “from three meters”. He was relieved to be able to “fix” his failure.
Moscow was the start of four consecutive away tasks until the next international break. This will be followed by Cologne, Salzburg and the Liga Clásico on November 7 against their big rival Borussia Dortmund.
The program is grueling and challenging. Goalscorer Goretzka had to eliminate Flick during half-time in Moscow due to calf problems. “I don’t think it’s a worse injury,” said the coach. He spoke of a precaution. Thomas Müller only played 45 minutes after the attacker complained about muscle problems before kick-off.