Sinsheim (dpa) – complaining does not help – the program continues! FC Bayern Munich reacted calmly to the first defeat in 2020.
“At one point it was clear that this would be the case,” said coach Hansi Flick after the 1: 4 (1: 2) at TSG Hoffenheim in view of the broken series of 21 games without defeat in the Bundesliga. Three days after the European Super Cup final in Budapest and three days before the German edition against Borussia Dortmund, the question arises: are the residents of Munich already paying the price for their hunt for deadlines?
“We are not looking for excuses. That is what awaits us this year. There is a match every few days, we know that”, said captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. “That’s why we can’t talk so much that we’re broken, but we have to accept it.”
For Flick, who lives in Bammental just a few kilometers from the Sinsheim Stadium and worked for a few unfortunate months as TSG general manager in 2017/2018, it was a bitter return. The 55-year-old also wanted to say one thing beforehand: “I can’t blame the team. They fought and brought in everything they could.” The mentality of his team was good, Flick mentioned Thomas Müller and Joshua Kimmich, who scored the only goal of the champion and Champions League winner (36th minute).
More than 60 hours after the 2: 1 against Sevilla FC, Bayern clearly put the 120 minutes of play and the journey into the bones. “I don’t blame fatigue in general. We just haven’t been able to play chances with determination and determination,” said Flick. “We gave our opponents scoring opportunities too easily and were not strong enough in the attack.” The last time she lost was on December 7 at 1: 2 in Mönchengladbach.
Divide the forces – that is what the coming months will be all about for the Bayern coach and his team, who will not hold their breath. Will it be tight with reinforcements until the transfer closes on October 5? “I’m not worried about that,” Flick said curtly at the press conference. Müller was already thinking about the next shot at the Munich title in the DFL Supercup against BVB: “We have a very good chance to hit back.”
In front of 6,030 spectators, the later injured Ermin Bicakcic (16th minute), Munas Dabbur (24th) and the excellent Andrej Kramaric (77./90.+2, penalty kick) scored for the Hoffenheim team. One person especially shined: the new TSG coach Sebastian Hoeneß, nephew of the Bayern patriarch Uli Hoeneß, had led FC Bayern II to the championship in the third division last season. Now he is suddenly there as leader of the Bundesliga. “In fact, I would have preferred us to be second. The topic is irrelevant to us,” the 38-year-old said in an interview with Sky.