Bayern Munich made it four Bundesliga wins in a row, exacting revenge on TSG Hoffenheim with a 4-1 win at the Allianz Arena, the exact score line they lost by in the Hinrunde in Sinsheim. Goals from Jerome Boateng, Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry secure the three points for Bayern keeping them seven points clear of RB Leipzig at the top of the table.
Speaking after the match, Hansi Flick recognized that his side is finally back in good rhythm after going through a little bit of a rough spell in the wake of crashing out of the DFB-Pokal at the hands of Holstein Kiel (Tz).
Flick started by giving credit to Hoffenheim for actually coming out of the gates with an attacking and expressive game plan; they didn’t just sit back and try to defend for 90+ minutes. Manuel Neuer had to be alert to the danger a handful of times in the opening phases of the match.
“Both teams wanted to play football, Manu held up well one time or the other. We have now won four games in a row, scored twelve points and played a good game today, even if not everything was great. I am happy,” Flick explained.
Between the losses to Borussia Monchengladbach and Holstein Kiel, it was clear that Bayern was lacking their usual confidence for a brief spell. That one week period had all the hallmarks of bad mistakes that Bayern had made in matches of previous season causing vital dropped points, but getting back on track is part of what makes this side so dominant.
“The team got back on track after the two defeats. That is what distinguishes a great team,” Flick exclaimed.
Flick also briefly addressed a question pertaining to his relationship with sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. It’s been known the two have had their disagreements regarding Bayern’s transfer policies in the past and there’s recently been speculation that tensions between the two have been rising, especially after Flick didn’t necessarily agree with some of the moves Brazzo made in the summer transfer window.
Before the match, Brazzo had described their relationship as “normal.” When Flick was asked specifically about that, he replied, “Normal isn’t bad, isn’t it? Ultimately, it’s about making a successful team. Of course we discuss — sometimes in different ways. But we both know what we have in the club.”