News : Comment on FC Bayern: Why Flick communicates his anger – sport


News : Comment on FC Bayern: Why Flick communicates his anger – sport

Hansi Flick had just lost his first Champions League game, but it’s safe to say that that wasn’t the only reason for his verbal outburst. He said at the press conference that he “had to act a little, too, that was part of the coaching job,” and thus released the sentence for interpretation.

The direct context was the personality of Jérôme Boateng. His departure at the end of the season was officially announced by sports director Hasan Salihamidzic before the game. Flick was now asked how he thinks that something like this is communicated just before the Paris game. His answer: I have to act.

What that means is clear: Flick is upset – again. Overall, he doesn’t like too many decisions – and because he a) is directly affected by them and b) has a certain authority as the six-time title coach, he no longer really tries to hide his emotional state. He recently openly admitted conflicts with Salihamidzic, supplemented with the information that they had approached each other. Now apparently away from each other again.

The quarrel between the two is carried on in full view. Even in the first winter training camp, Flick publicly asked for reinforcements, which Salihamidzic expressly did not like. Flick got Alvaro Odriozola, who practically never played. Alexander Nübel came in the summer, Flick had previously campaigned for Sven Ulreich. He would have liked to keep David Alaba, and of the four late summer purchases, only Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting actually plays – Flick obviously does not see the others (Costa, Sarr, Roca) as viable alternatives. Although of course he never said that, you can read it from the line-up and substitutions. Now Boateng too.

Diverging interests between coaches and sports directors are not uncommon in football. The coach always wants the best team, the sports director has to see what is possible in the market. From the club’s point of view, it makes sense to separate the tasks. On the other hand, it doesn’t help if the person who trains the team and the person who puts it together constantly disagree.

The elephant that is also in the room at FC Bayern is called the “national coaching post”. It will be released after the European Championship, and Flick persistently refuses to end the speculation about it with a single sentence. So he leaves the option open to leave Munich if he is still dissatisfied.

The “nice Mr. Flick”, as he used to be called, has often attracted attention for his resolute consistency, it is the basis of his success. His style of play is one that only works with stringent implementation. And that Alaba became defense chief, that Müller always plays, that Kimmich has to play six – these are Flick’s decisions and they weren’t as natural as they sound now. Once he also substituted Leroy Sané on and off again. Incidentally, things have been going better at Sané since then.

One can assume that the grumbling in the south of Munich will be quieter by next Tuesday – Flick has enough to do before the second leg in Paris. Depending on the outcome of the game, the topic will come back immediately.


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