BAyern rescuer Robert Lewandowski marched into the cabin with a dark expression after the near disgrace of Berlin, Thomas Müller also looked annoyed, and a disappointed coach Hansi Flick immediately went straight to the analysis. “We’re not making the freshest impression right now,” said the coach of record champions Bayern Munich after the 1-1 (0-1) win at Underdog Union Berlin. Fatigue did indeed speak on the faces of the people of Munich, who these days seem by no means invincible. And that really gets on their minds.
“What was it? That is the golden question, “said a slightly angry Müller after the game on ZDF:” In any case, before the game we don’t intend to be careless for the first 20 minutes – of course. But it still seems to happen to us that we let ourselves be taken by surprise. And that only then does the anger engine work a little. ”One explanation would be that the stress caused by the high frequency of the games costs even Bayern with their superb squad substance and concentration.
The 17 goals conceded in eleven league games so far would be proof of this, and Bayern have not won three of the last four Bundesliga duels. In addition to the lack of mental freshness, Flick gave very practical reasons for this development. “It’s just that we have to change frequently because of the stress. That’s completely normal, “said the 55-year-old:” And the vote that we had last season is simply not possible. “
That was quickly visible in Berlin, because Union pressed tirelessly. The hosts had the best chances early on and scored through Grischa Prömel (4th). Bayern wobbled defensively and seemed impressed by the passionately fighting hosts. Most of all, Flick missed the self-confidence in his team’s game, the too often tried “Mia-san-mia” feeling. “We have to believe in our quality even under pressure,” demanded Flick.
His team did that really late in the second half. Best viewed at 1: 1 by world footballer candidate Lewandowski (67th), who could be crowned the best of the planet on Thursday. Bayern’s winger Kingsley Coman cut through the Berlin defense as fast as an arrow before he laid his 13th goal of the season on the Pole. Moments like these were far too rare, the master left out the best opportunities at the end of the game. After the final whistle, Flick only had one real insight: “In the end, it is important that we tick off the game, look ahead and stand differently against Wolfsburg and Leverkusen.”
If Bayern win against VfL on Wednesday (8.30 p.m. / in the FAZ live ticker for the Bundesliga and on Sky) and on Saturday (6.30 p.m. / in the FAZ live ticker for the Bundesliga and on Sky) the top game against Bayer should be they go into the short Christmas break as leaders of the table. Flick also demands that from his team. This is not shaken, even if it is quite questionable what efforts the Corona game plan demands of the footballers. “The players are already under a lot of stress – no question about it,” said Flick: “But we have the quality to bring a team onto the pitch for the two games that gets the points.” And it’s about nothing else.