News : Flick on the conflict with Salihamidzic: “Next question” – sport
Coach Hansi Flick has again commented on the debates and disagreements around FC Bayern – but does not want to do that in the future. “I try to solve the whole thing in such a way or to work together in such a way that it is in the interests of the club. Whatever other disruptions occur, that does not come from me and I will not comment on it in the future,” said Flick on Friday in Munich .
After the Champions League game against Paris, Flick said he had to “act” as a coach. The context was the question of how he found the announcement of the departure of Jérôme Boateng by sports director Hasan Salihamidzic immediately before the game. When asked about a word of power from CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who was in the picture had demanded a harmonious, loyal and professional cooperation from the athletic leadership of Flick and Salihamidzic, Flick said: “Next question.” In the future, he will always answer in this or a similar form if the questions are aimed too much at non-sporting matters. This is how he responded to the question of whether he wanted to fulfill his contract with FC Bayern. Flick is considered a candidate at the DFB for the national coaching post.
Nonetheless, Flick also said: “Last year we had a team that – and everyone knows that and everyone will agree with me – was qualitatively better than the team this year.” Nevertheless, they lead the Bundesliga table with seven points and have a chance of progressing in the Champions League with better efficiency. The performance from the first leg made “courage for the second leg, despite the 2: 3, even if the starting situation is not that easy,” said the 56-year-old.
Flick admitted that he was also “partly to blame” for the non-sporting debates. But since he declared the disagreements with Salihamidzic to be over at an earlier press conference, he has been focused on the future. He has such a “great team” that it is “so much fun” with that they deserve such an approach, said Flick.
He feels that the team is “absolutely loyal” to him and the coaching staff, said Flick. He had received a lot of praise from colleagues for their latest appearance against Paris: This was an “absolute inspiration”.