Bayern Munich will not have time to beat itself up after a sluggish start against Eintracht Frankfurt. In fact, the Bavarians are slated to face Lazio in the Champions League on Tuesday, so a short memory might come in handy.
Still, one person who will likely lose at least a little bit of sleep between now and Monday night is Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick. The 55-year-old wizard could not coax any energy from his boys in the first 45 minutes, but has not lost sight of the fact that this season is a marathon and not a sprint.
“We started the game badly, Eintracht had an enormous amount of speed,” said Flick (as captured by Tz). “If we play over 90 minutes like we did in the second half, the winner would look different. We had turbulent weeks behind us, you have to remember that we are only human. But still, I’m proud of the team.”
While many people second-guessed Flick’s starting line-up, the treble-winning manager was happy to see Leon Goretzka enter the game after halftime and show everyone that he had a lot to offer. Coming off both COVID-19 and a calf injury, Flick was unsure just how Goretzka would have in the tank.
“The personnel coverage is already very tight,” Flick said. “I didn’t think Leon Goretzka would put in such a strong performance when he came into the game. But we can build on the second half. I’m not scared or anxious.”
Flick, who was given a yellow card for dissent during the match, played coy when asked what he might have said or done to earn the booking.
“I must have had my hands up too far, so I got a yellow,” said Flick.