Hansi Flick fled frustrated after the messed up line-up poker in his messed-up anniversary game and left “co-trainer” Thomas Müller to do the first analysis. “We’re going out of the game very annoyed,” said the spokesman with a contrite expression about Bayern Munich’s completely unexpected mistake in the sobering 1: 1 (0: 1) against Werder Bremen. The German record champions had defeated their favorite opponent 19 times in a row – this time two points were missing from the Bundesliga title fight.
The served CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge cursed loudly in the stands, Müller rumbled at Sky: “We conceded a very, very cheap goal.” And captain Manuel Neuer, who even had to hold on to the poor point with strong saves, complained: “We had too few good chances to score, we don’t know that.” Above all, Flick was wrong in his 50th game at Bayern-Bank with the starting XI.
Four days after the historic 0: 6 swatter of the DFB selection in Spain, Neuer was the only German national player in the starting line-up in the 109th league duel with Werder (record). “We have nine games in four weeks, so it is very clear that we have to manage the load on the players sensibly,” said Flick, defending his decision to put Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane on the bench.
Niklas Süle only sat next to the injured Joshua Kimmich in the stands – because of a lack of training, as Flick reported. I beg your pardon? In Spain, Süle had still started. “It has to be at 100 percent, then it’s an issue for us again,” said Flick.
Instead of the physically or mentally ailing national players, talent Jamal Musiala was allowed to run right from the start in the Bundesliga for the first time – and was overwhelmed. “Even those who have started have the quality to beat Bremen,” said Flick. Before the Champions League game against RB Salzburg on Wednesday, he ran out of stars.
Lucas Hernandez had to get out early (19th) because he had trouble walking after a rough landing on the pool. His natural replacement Alphonso Davies is injured, Kimmich is missing longer. At least there is hope with the ailing Corentin Tolisso and Bouna Sarr. Otherwise he has to “be creative”, said Flick with a shrug.
That went wrong on Saturday. Although Werder played exactly as Flick expected, his team had a hard time. Physical and mental freshness was lacking, as was creativity. Kimmich was sorely missed. “Joshua will always be absent because he is a very important player for us,” said Flick.
The substitutions of the DFB players did little to change the problems. Goretzka, who replaced Hernandez, prepared after the deficit by Maximilian Eggestein (45th) to equalize Kingsley Coman (62nd).
Gnabry and Sane, who came after an hour, were hardly in danger. Reason to sound the alarm? No, said Flick: “There will be other games again.”
His Bremen colleague Florian Kohfeldt was “a little bit disappointed” despite winning the first point in Munich since 2010. Even the first win since 2008 was possible, had it not been for Neuer, “by far the best goalkeeper in the world in recent years”.
But he was also able to gain something from the fifth 1-1 in a row, which, according to Kohfeldt, was “probably the most boring record in the Bundesliga”. “That can help us to strengthen the faith,” said the coach: “If we continue down the path, we will play a very stable season.”