Club World Cup, Bundesliga, Champions League: For the long-term footballers of FC Bayern Munich, things are going on in quick succession.
Just three days after returning from the World Cup in Qatar, the front runner will finish the 21st matchday of the Bundesliga against newly promoted Arminia Bielefeld this evening (8:30 p.m.).
And there is one thing that coach Hansi Flick does not want to experience a week before the start of the knockout phase of the Champions League against Lazio Rome: The relegation-threatened East Westphalia should not leave the Allianz Arena as proud club world champions.
Rather, Flick expects his decimated star ensemble to shake off the hardships of the past week and get performance. “It’s our job, it’s the players’ job,” said the coach. Flick does not want to accept excuses.
“When I play at Bayern Munich, the stress is higher. But we want to be successful, that also spurs every player on. Of course, you also need freshness, but every now and then you can overcome your inner weaker self and still try, one hundred percent retrieve. “
“We have to see how we line up”
The goal of the German serial champion is clearly defined. “The point is that we try to keep the distance,” said Flick, looking at the table. In a home win against Arminia, which could only win one of 17 guest appearances in Munich (4-0 in March 1979), it would be seven points ahead of the first and probably only halfway serious pursuer RB Leipzig.
The Bielefeld professionals from trainer Uwe Neuhaus are well rested in Munich. Their last league game was 15 days ago because the game against Werder Bremen had to be canceled a week ago due to the winter weather. The time of the game could hardly be more favorable for the outsider: Tired Bayern meet well-rested Arminen. Neuhaus said: “Everyone knows that Bayern have a lot of games at the moment. And I’ve often heard:” If not now, then when? “” Nevertheless, it still applies: “It doesn’t matter who is playing at Bayern The role of favorites is clearly assigned. ”
That’s what Flick thinks too. He has to compensate for some notable losses, from Thomas Müller and Serge Gnabry to Jérôme Boateng and Leon Goretzka. “We have to see how we line up,” said Flick, without revealing his personal simulation games in advance. “We have to make changes,” said the 55-year-old: “But the team still has the quality to survive against Bielefeld in the Bundesliga.”
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