News : Hansi Flick at FC Bayern: An interview that sounds like goodbye – sport
FC Bayern, which has almost been forgotten in view of the flood of titles in the past few months, has already been eliminated from the Champions League a few times and each one had its own story. There was, for example, the defeat against Liverpool 2019, which was accepted without body tension, which delayed the end of coach Niko Kovac. Before that, there were a couple of monumental duels with Real Madrid (2017, 2018) and Neymar was also instrumental in ensuring that Munich did not make it to the final. That was in 2015, the Brazilian was still playing in Barcelona, scoring three goals in both games and Munich came with the very last lineup. Franck Ribéry, Arjen Robben and David Alaba were injured.
This time Robert Lewandowski, Leon Goretzka, Niklas Süle and Serge Gnabry weren’t there – but despite the parallels, no game is really a suitable comparison for what happened to Bayern this time. There were already two completely opposite games against Paris Saint-Germain, in which the team that had less clear scoring chances won. Bayern lost 29 of 31 shots on goal in the first leg and PSG won 3-2, in the second leg Neymar alone scored aluminum three times and Bayern won 1-0.
From a sporting point of view, it was the Brazilian duel with Manuel Neuer that raised this second leg to Champions League level – both played world class. Otherwise, Bayern acted hard, committed, with the appropriate body tension, believed in progress, scored 1-0 through Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and had a chance of 2-0 until the end – but in their dreaded roller mode, the they still won the title in Lisbon, they didn’t come.
The game was “very disheveled”, judged Thomas Müller, who himself had at most one long-term scoring chance. “We never got into such a real pressure phase.” Joshua Kimmich could be seen this time, of all times, that he might have had to play a little too often this season and captain Manuel Neuer preferred to quarrel with the first leg, which he named as the reason for the elimination.
Flick defends his often annoyed appearances in interviews
No, if you look back on this Champions League from Bayern, then it will remain connected to the Flick-Salihamidzic dispute – a dispute that also revolves around why the coach Flick actually in the decisive game of the season can only substitute twice (Jamal Musiala and Javi Martínez as a disguised center forward in the closing stages), why the amateur players Josip Stanisic and Maximilian Zaiser have to sit on the bench and whether it would not have been the task of sports director Hasan Salihamidzic to prevent that.
In the evening it now seemed as if the two only had to fight for a few more Bundesliga games. Because when he was connected to the Sky broadcaster, Hansi Flick gave a more than four-minute monologue that could be interpreted as a farewell speech.
Flick began by saying that some media had written that he had an appointment with the board member Oliver Kahn this week. He didn’t have the appointment, said Flick, but he would have time for one. Flick defended his often annoyed appearances in interviews in the past: “I’ve never had anything else to announce and that’s why there is no need to say anything else when it comes to the answers to certain questions.” It is always about the further development of the team, for him success is a constant process.
“My family is behind me, no matter what my decision is”
But then it was about his future and Flick said literally that “there was always the situation for me to reevaluate everything and to face new challenges. I have my own ideas. No matter what I will do, my family is always behind me and would always support me. “
And: “Whether I am with the DFB now and have a different rhythm, it would not matter to them. The decisive factor for them is that I enjoy the job and that is what they want. Therefore, in all things, she will no matter what my decision is, stand behind me completely. “
“Reassess the situation”, “My family is behind me, no matter what my decision is”, “Maybe at the DFB in a different rhythm” – Flick had never spoken about his situation as clearly as after the end. Flick is unhappy at Bayern and the national coaching post will be vacant after the European Championship. At the press conference that followed, Flick tried to recapture his words a bit, but did not take them back.
Who knows, maybe Oliver Kahn and Flick will find an appointment this week. Who knows, maybe Flick will talk to the management level, really put the dispute with Salihamidzic out of the world and fulfill his contract on Säbener Straße, which is valid until 2023. A lot is possible in football, but this possibility seems to have become a little less likely with the Paris evening.