Coach Hansi Flick stood helpless and shivering from the cold in the sleet of Kiel, Honorary President Uli Hoeneß fled from the icy storm under the roof of the stands of the Holstein Stadium – caught freezing like the professionals at FC Bayern.
Because the 5-6 defeat on penalties at the second division Holstein Kiel was not only a shock for Thomas Müller. “The elimination is brutal, you have to let it sink in first. It is certainly not the best phase for FC Bayern, “said the ex-national player, annoyed.
As in the previous week at Borussia Mönchengladbach (2: 3), gross defensive blunders led to a painful defeat. This time, however, with irreparable consequences: After the first bankruptcy of the Champions League winner in the DFB Cup against a lower-class opponent for 17 years, the cup defense is a thing of the past.
Disastrous defense statistics
A maximum of four competitive games less than calculated on Säbener Straße may be a chance for one or the other targeted training session. Because Flick also recognized in the Holstein snowstorm that the defensive work at the German record champions cannot continue like this if more titles are not to be lost.
In the Bundesliga, too, conceding 24 goals in 15 games is a disappointing figure. The last time the league leader was at zero at the end of October. “We have to better secure the central center, that was clearly agreed,” the coach clarified again. The now 33-year-old Fin Bartels escaped in front of his goal to 1: 1 of the complete Bayern coverage. In the 2-2 equalizer in stoppage time, Holstein captain Hauke Wahl came completely free to the header.
The luck of the game was not really on the side of Munich, said Müller. Objection: Serge Gnabry was clearly offside in front of his opening goal to make it 1-0, and not every referee would have whistled the free kick, which Leroy Sane converted to take the lead again.
Sensation for courageous people from Kiel
It was probably more the absolute will to win, which not only lacked the two goal scorers in some situations under adverse conditions. In general, Flick did not question the mentality of his squad, but when he praised the victorious underdog, he let the displeasure shine through: “The Kiel team turned the game into a cup fight.”
And the victorious heroes not only danced a snow waltz on the lawn, they were able to be celebrated extensively in front of the stadium by the fans who had rushed up within minutes. Colorful rockets, an unmistakable horn concert and a midnight car parade – it was probably the biggest day of the 121-year-old traditional club since the only win in the German championship in 1912.
“It was an experience we will all think about for a long time. And a historic result for Holstein Kiel, «said coach Ole Werner. The 32-year-old went on to say that his team implemented the match schedule almost perfectly: “A team like FC Bayern naturally has scoring opportunities. But the key was that we were brave when we had the ball. «In February, Kiel have to play against second division Darmstadt, so then again on eye level. SID/nd