Munich (AP) - Hansi Flick did not take a breather after winning the trophy in the cup. While his stars were allowed to enjoy the training-free day before the Leipzig League summit, the coach worked up FC Bayern's astonishing cup wobble during the quarter-finals.
«I see it positively. That is a wake-up call for us, »said Flick after the wild and in the final phase suddenly exciting 4: 3 (3: 1) against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Unlike Borussia Dortmund and top match opponent Leipzig, the record cup winner in the round of 16 did not let himself be dissuaded from the course to the final on May 23 in Berlin despite plenty of negligence. However, the drop in performance after a strong first half and a 4: 1 lead was the reason for the flick, who was hurrying from success to success, to send warning words to his football ensemble with a serious expression. "We'll have to talk about swimming again, we'll have to analyze that," announced the 54-year-old.
After eight competitive game victories in a row, the evaluation in these Munich cheering-hustle-and-joy weeks was also critical. «We played a good game over long distances. The last 20, 30 minutes we let it grind a bit. That was punished, »said captain Manuel Neuer. "It was fatal that we were always one step too late." It was precisely this final phase that Flick provided with perfect image and analysis material.
In view of the comforting 4: 1 lead through an own goal by Benjamin Hübner as well as the goals of Thomas Müller (20th minute) and Robert Lewandowski (36th / 80th), the gentle cycle was four days before the electrifying championship duel against Herbstmeister Leipzig on 9th February (6:00 p.m.) easy to explain. In addition to Hoffenheim's courage, Vice-Captain Müller also identified “comfort” in his own team as the reason for the trouble. Two late goals from Joker Munas Dabbur were the result, the first Hoffenheim goal had been scored by Jérôme Boateng with an early own goal to 0: 1.
"On the one hand, it would have been a great sign if we had won 4: 1 or 5: 1 again before Leipzig," said Joshua Kimmich. “But it also shows that things can go the other way quickly if we don't play at the limit. Perhaps it was quite good before the Leipzig game that we noticed that it could not happen on its own. »
This warning served the stars well before the home appearance against the upstart from Saxony. "You have to remember what makes you strong," said Müller. "We will implement that, and that's why I'm going positively towards Sunday." The outstanding offensive man appeared again in the round of 16 like the Müller-plays-always-Müller. After a hymn of praise from the chairman of the supervisory board Herbert Hainer, an extension of the contract running until 2021 for the co-captain, who had strengthened under Flick, could be near.
Sports director Hasan Salihamidzic slowed down in questions about contracts of well-deserved stars. The working papers of Manuel Neuer, Thiago, David Alaba and Javi Martínez are also dated to next year. "We will have discussions for sure, but we will focus on sports in the next few weeks," said Salihamidzic.
Especially in Leipzig. With a win, the Munich team could distance the autumn champions to four points and take the next title step. It has already taken place in the cup, the round of 16 could have been a key round on the way to 20th success in the cup competition. "Of course, it has been benevolently noted that two very big opponents who played for the DFB Cup victory have been eliminated," said Müller about the failure of BVB (2: 3 in Bremen) and Leipzig (1: 3 in Frankfurt).
Two title candidates will no longer be there if the Munich quarter-final opponent is drawn on Sunday during the top game. «We are waiting for the draw. Berlin is a destination, but there is still a long way to go, »said Salihamidzic. Too many stumbling blocks no longer lie on this.
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