2:5! In nurnberg! Against the third last of the 2. League! Under normal circumstances, a test match result like this would put the coach of FC bayern in a bit of a quandary a week before the serious game in the bundesliga.
Hansi flick, however, had good reasons for the botched dress rehearsal – and he had already made the emergency call to the currently alarming rump squad of the german record champions days before during the training camp in qatar.
In the max-morlock-stadium basically only the confirmation followed. When flick completely changed the current A-elf after an already mediocre first half, the youngsters went down helplessly against a motivated nurnberg team. "The game had other omens," said flick. "But clearly: i can’t be satisfied with the result."
New board member oliver kahn together with bayern boss karl-heinz rummenigge prematurely and not amused vacated the tribune seat. In the catacombs, flick stated rather fatalistically: "the important thing for me was that no player was injured." Better said, no more.
"There’s no reason to get carried away now," the coach warned in spite of everything. "We may have to wait two or three weeks until the next player is back."The energy-sapping training camp, the long flight the day before, the rough rotation at the break – there were reasons for the botched dress rehearsal.
"It was still not round," said national player joshua kimmich about the first half, in which it was only enough for a 1-1 draw with a well-known formation. Alphonso davies equalized michael frey’s 1:0 in nurnberg. Defensively, the familiar munchner problems appeared again. JerÃ´me boateng in particular once again got into difficulties with the high defending desired by flick because of tempo deficits.
The bayern dare a dangerous game to start the title and leipzig chase 2020. In defense, sule, hernandez and martinez are out injured, on the offensive wings coman and gnabry are missing. Kimmich is also suspended in berlin. Flick therefore wants to make another approach to sporting director hasan salihamidzic about transfers. "Hasan and i will analyze together what is feasible and what is not," he announced. But new players are not in sight.
The winter transfer market is difficult. Flick demands, salihamidzic brakes as club representative. However, the latter considers the disagreement between the two from the training camp to be at least over. "The topic is through for me. And for hansi, too, according to my impression," salihamidzic told the "bild am sonntag" newspaper. The time for personnel improvement is running out. "The transfer market is dunn in winter," salihamidzic reiterated. The 43-year-old does not see his sporting goals in danger, as he already emphasized in qatar.
This assessment is immediately put to the test by the crunchy league program against hertha (A), schalke (H), mainz (A) and top-ranked RB leipzig (H). Flick is not the only one to address the lurking dangers. "If you really wanted to dance to the end at three weddings, then we are in need of more fit players. The fact is that we are currently dunn occupied," said kimmich in nurnberg.
Flick remains an "optimist" – also because of the justified hope for the punctual return of goalkeeper robert lewandowski in berlin – with regard to the explosive duel with jurgen klinsmann’s herthaners. "We have a good team, even if there are fewer players at the moment. We still have enormous qualitat to be able to win in berlin."In the end, the bundesliga is something different than a test match after a strenuous training camp, hopes kimmich: "maybe you’re mentally different again when you’re female, it’s all about points. That was just a friendly game."