Munich (dpa) – The anniversary party, which was still half saved by Manuel Neuer, gave Hansi Flick a taste of the difficult end-of-year push for the angry three-time winner.
“We now have four weeks with eight games, so we have to adapt to that,” Flick said after his 50th competitive game with Bayern. The exceptional newcomer and Kingsley Coman equalizer prevented the first home defeat in a year in the 1-1 (0-1) against Werder Bremen. But the missed victory over the favorite opponent, who had always been defeated for ten years, heralded the hard work that was approaching in a trying time before Christmas.
“But we’re not convinced that’s too much of a good thing now,” Flick clarified. As an excuse, the successful coach does not want to accept the hunt for deadlines, which continues on Wednesday with the Champions League home game against RB Salzburg. Neither has the drop-out list, which has grown somewhat due to the injury of world champion Lucas Hernández. “We still have enough players on board, although it’s a bit tight in some positions,” said Flick in sight of the defensive midfielder and left-back. “We have to be creative.”
There was sometimes a lack of creativity against the courageous and disciplined Hanseatic people, and there were defensive vulnerabilities. Neuer had to intervene more often than he would have liked. With solid saves, the captain, who was so eaten up after the national team’s 6-0 debacle, held at least one point in Munich. “He is the best goalkeeper in Germany and in the world that has ever existed,” said Werder coach Florian Kohfeldt, both astonished and quarreled. With the fifth 1: 1 in a row, the Hanseatic League set a record.
As leaders in the Bundesliga and Champions League, Munich remain on track, but the number of difficult appearances is increasing compared to the impressive triple season. “It’s not bad, it was the first draw, and we have a loss. We have to believe in ourselves, trust ourselves, ”said Neuer, who was able to help reduce frustration after the international bankruptcy with his brilliant parades. “I’ve done this in training before.”
Neuer was the only German national player allowed to play for Bayern eleven four days after Spain’s loss. Leon Goretzka came after 19 minutes for Hernández, who crashed to the ground after an aerial duel. “He had a hard time playing,” Flick said. Löw players Leroy Sané and Serge Gnabry struggled in vain for the winning goal in the 109th north-south duel in the finals.
Niklas Süle stayed on the sidelines due to lack of training and looked alongside longer absent midfielder Joshua Kimmich and injured left-back Alphonso Davies. “We have to handle the load in a reasonable way,” said Flick. “But even those who started have the quality to beat Bremen.”
For a long time, too little was an attacking midfielder, formed by Douglas Costa, 17-year-old Jamal Musiala, Thomas Müller and Coman. Robert Lewandowski had no impact. “We had too few scoring chances, it was the fault,” complained Neuer after his 400th competitive game for Munich.
There was also a defensive problem. Javi Martínez, who had the preference over newcomer Marc Roca, who was only used for one minute in the Bundesliga against 1. FC Köln, was duped by Maximilian Eggestein by coach Josh Sargent before the 0-1. “A very, very cheap goal,” argued Müller. “Over many days we still win games like this, but this time it didn’t work out. That’s why we come out of the game very bored. “
Ahead of the three first class matches and five Bundesliga games this year, Flick took with him the important knowledge that the will of the series champion is always great. “The team tried everything in the second half. She has the mentality. That’s what really impresses me, ”said the 55-year-old. His record is also impressive: 50 games, 45 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses.