Dortmund (dpa) – Hansi Flick paid his series winners almost modest respect. With a bow to Thomas Müller, the Bayern coach expressed his admiration after the 3: 2 (1: 1) in the furious ghost top at Borussia Dortmund.
Neither deep concern for injured leader Joshua Kimmich, nor the delay in the meantime, put the three-time Munich winner off the road to success. “That was true for the whole team,” said Flick of his unusual gesture, “they have an excellent mindset. That’s why we are where we are.”
Victories over the area’s worst pursuer have become almost self-evident for Bayern in recent years. But the joy of the latest coup was clouded by Joshua Kimmich’s failure. In a violation of BVB attacker Erling Haaland, the 25-year-old national player may have sustained a serious knee injury. Flick did not want to confirm the first media reports about damage to the tire. ‘There is no reason to report the water level. I don’t participate in speculation. ‘
Only more detailed medical examinations on Sunday in Munich should yield valid findings about the injury. But neither Kimmich’s embarrassing face nor the compassionate reactions of his teammates on the field bode well. Former Munich defender Mats Hummels, who is now BVB’s head of defense, also expressed concern about the national team: “Josh is a great footballer, a great guy – and I hope he comes out well.” According to Flick, Bayern would be badly hit by a long-term failure: “He’s a key player in this position and it wouldn’t be easy to bear.”
But even in this case, the Munich would be prepared. They showed this in an impressive way in Dortmund. Even without Kimmich, who had already been replaced in the 36th minute, the record champions hit back ice cold after the 0: 1 of BVB captain Marco Reus (45th minute). Hits from David Alaba (45th + 4), Robert Lewandowski (48th) and Leroy Sané (80th) helped win the tenth competitive game in a row and extend the lead at the table. “We deserved the game because we were one step faster and a little bit more ripped off at the right time,” said midfielder Leon Goretzka, “these games are doubly important.”
Whether the victory is really indicative of a further course of the season with Munich’s dominance remains to be seen in the coming weeks. After all, the Munich team increased their lead over BVB to three points, placing themselves in a psychological advantage. Nevertheless, Flick did not want to overestimate his fourth victory in the fourth game as head coach against Dortmund: “The Bundesliga is very balanced at the moment. It’s not about making it after the seventh match day. No, it continues.”
Once again the exceptional Lewandowski played a key role in the victory over his former club and celebrated a successful anniversary in his 300th competitive match for FC Bayern. Since moving from Dortmund to Munich in 2014, he has scored for the 19th time in 22 competitive matches against BVB. Two more goals from the Pole were withdrawn from Cologne’s video cellar due to a narrow position. As a result, Lewandowski was unable to beat last year’s record with eleven goals after seven Bundesliga games.
In addition to FC Bayern, the many TV viewers also felt like winners. “The game was sensationally good,” said the enthusiastic football player Flick. Sky expert Lothar Matthäus found similar euphoric words: “We saw a commercial for German football. That’s good for the Bundesliga. It was a top game at the highest level.”
This praise gave Borussia only limited consolation. The wait for the first victory over Bayern in two years continues. After all, this time the team should be spared a debate about a lack of mentality. After all, the Favre-Elf fought back a long time and could hope for a draw after Haaland’s goal (83rd) to make it 2: 3. Defender Manuel Akanji encouraged his teammates: “We saw that we can keep up. You can take it with you. It’s only the seventh match day.”