Munich (dpa) – The FC Bayern bosses should actually greet Eintracht Frankfurt colleagues in the Allianz Arena with a huge gift basket.
As the Bundesliga top match between second and fourth Saturday (3.30pm / Sky) marks the anniversary of that Munich 1: 5 debacle in Hesse, which in retrospect turns out not to be a major accident, but a turning point for German football. -Record Master turned out.
November 2, 2019 brought an abrupt end to coach Niko Kovac’s short, double-decorated tenure. His assistant Hansi Flick took over. And since then – the Corona crisis aside – the Bavarians have had a great time with assembly line wins and five titles in the first twelve months under flick.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge praised the 55-year-old’s work in an interview with the German news agency. “When Hansi took over as head coach, it was a stroke of luck for FC Bayern,” said the Bayern boss, who had always remained a Kovac skeptic: “It was as if someone had turned the lights back on.”
The light shone particularly bright with the triple victory. But after the new season’s explainable stuttering has begun, the Munich-based star ensemble seems to be back on track for success for its renewed strength test with the as-yet-unbeaten Frankfurters. The powerful 4-0 win against Atlético Madrid at the start of the Champions League confirmed this assessment. National player Leon Goretzka spoke of an “exclamation mark”. Pressure, defensive compactness, mutual coaching and the greed for goals were there again. “It took us some time to get back into the rhythm,” said Flick. He now expects dominance and physical presence in daily life in the competition again.
One year of Flick reads in numbers like this: Bayern managed to win 40 of 44 competitive games. In addition, there is a draw and only three defeats; two of them date back to the early stages of 2019. Flick’s approach to successful work remains unchanged even after the first twelve months: “It’s all about having the big picture in mind. But the next game is always decisive.”
In addition to a functioning axis (Neuer – Alaba – Kimmich – Müller – Lewandowski), the big picture also includes a team that has been adapted to the very tight schedule of last-minute shopping. “In terms of breadth, we have exactly what we wanted: a selection and more options than before,” said Flick.
The failures of the wing readers Leroy Sané and Serge Gnabry were not noticed against Atlético. Against Frankfurt, Flick could also use a little more of the new arsenal, such as bringing back Douglas Costa from the start. The coach praises the standards, the crosses and the shots of the Brazilian. “Our goal is to get it to 100 percent.” Match practice would help.
Corentin Tolisso is missing from Bielefeld after his red card. And the Frankfurt? You don’t expect presents in Munich. On Friday, coach Adi Hütter expressed great respect for the task in the unattended Allianz Arena: “Bayern is currently the best team in the world for me. And they are in very good shape.”