His self-imposed muzzle had forgotten Jürgen Klopp only a day later.
“Congratulations. (…) You chose the kick-off at 12.30, you! Not you personally, but you did it, didn’t you? (…) This rhythm is a complete killer,” snapped Klopp Des Kelly from BT Sport an.
Klopp devoted himself once again his favorite topic: The (over) stress and the tight schedule. “If we keep playing this slot I’m not sure we’ll end the season with eleven players.” On Monday, however, Klopp added: “As long as we can muster eleven players, we will fight – with everything we have.”
Guardiola: Players lose the fun
The German star coach, who has to face Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League again on Tuesday with his team (9 p.m .: Liverpool FC – Ajax Amsterdam in LIVETICKER), but is not alone in his opinion. The top clubs in the Champions League walk on a stick.
“The problem with the games today is that the players are losing the fun of playing football,” said Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola on Saturday – his team was depressed straight 5-0 against Burnley FC won (The Premier League table).
Once it was “nice to play football, once or twice a week with fans”. And now comes “three days later the next one (Game, editor’s note).”
On Tuesday the Citizens will appear in the premier class at FC Porto (9 p.m .: FC Porto – Manchester City in LIVETICKER)
Klopp with major injuries
While Guardiola currently only has to do without Sergio Agüero and Nathan Aké temporarily, Klopp has been hit harder at Liverpool.
Virgil van Dijk (torn cruciate ligament) and Joe Gomez (patellar tendon problems) may be out until the end of the season, and Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also currently absent.
Most recently, Klopp also had to do without Fabinho, Thiago and Joel Matip. Now James Milner got it.
FC Bayern goes on a stick
The German record champions gave the all-clear to Lucas Hernández (back, neck and chest pain), Jérôme Boateng (back problems), Corentin Tolisso (muscle injury) and Javi Martínez (adductor) on Sunday in the arduous 3: 1 at VfB Stuttgart who had wounds.
Tolisso’s participation in the Champions League at Atlético Madrid on Tuesday (9 p.m .: Atlético Madrid – FC Bayern Munich in LIVETICKER) is still questionable.
In addition, there are the ailing Bouna Sarr (muscular problems), Alphonso Davies (training after a ligament tear in the right ankle) and the long-term injured Joshua Kimmich (meniscus operation).
“You can see that Bayern are battered and are already walking on their gums,” said VfB captain Gonzalo Castro.
Flick complains: enormous burden
Hansi Flick joined in the general lament of the top coaches (Champions League results and schedule).
“You just have to look at all the clubs that play internationally. It’s an enormous burden. In the end, the individual player suffers,” said Bayern’s triple coach.
The three-day rhythm makes Bayern create.
“It’s quite normal to get tired from time to time,” said Flick: “It’s not just like that here, but everywhere. There are many injured people. We thought that we could change one thing or the other through stress control Places are also getting deeper. It is not that easy to avoid injuries. “
In addition, there is “no space to really train with the team”.
Effenberg warns Bavaria
The panel of experts in CHECK24 double pass on SPORT1 sees difficulties in Bavaria.
“Especially in February and March it will be very difficult mentally,” assumed SPORT1-Expert Stefan Effenberg on Sunday: “You already have problems. You have lost this dominance.”
Benedikt Höwedes found it “really crazy to play so much. Especially after the long Champions League season. You are falling into a small mental hole.”
SPORT1-Expert Alfred Draxler also saw complicity in Munich: “If Bayern can afford to play a nonsensical Club World Cup, then it will be tight.”
So in the end, isn’t it the greatest quality that determines national and international success?
“We have to accept the conditions. Whoever accepts them best will be on top in the end,” said Flick: “We want to be.”